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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Cottineau, Denis Nicholas 1746-1798 (search)
Cottineau, Denis Nicholas 1746-1798 Naval officer; born in Nantes, France, in 1746; became a lieutenant in the French navy; and in the battle between the American squadron under Paul Jones and the British fleet under Sir Richard Pearson, Sept. 23, 1779, commanded the American ship Pallas. Cottineau is mentioned in high terms by James Fenimore Cooper in his History of the Navy of the United States. He died in Savannah, Ga., Nov. 29, 1798. cotton, John
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Jones, John Paul 1747- (search)
obeyed. While the opposing war-ships were manoeuvring for advantage, night fell upon the scene. At seven o'clock in the evening of Sept. 23, 1779, one of the most desperate of recorded sea-fights began. the Bon Homme Richard and Serapis, Captain Pearson, came so close to each other that their spars and rigging became entangled, and Jones attempted to board his antagonist. A short contest with pike, pistol, and cutlass ensued, and Jones was repulsed. The vessels separated, and were soon pleeping up the rigging of the Serapis, and by their light Jones saw that his double-headed shot had cut the mainmast The hand-to-hand fight on the deck of the Serapis. of the Serapis almost in two. He hurled another, and the tall mast fell. Pearson saw his great peril, hauled down his flag, and surrendered. As he handed his sword to Jones he said, in a surly tone, It is painful to deliver up my sword to a man who has fought with a rope around his neck! (Jones had been declared a pirat