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This is a Historical book. The repulse of a British squadron, at Stonington, by a few undisciplined volunteers, having only two effective guns, imperfectly protected by a low earth work, and this repulse accomplished without the loss of a single life, was not the least glorious achievement of the War of 1812 14. The fiftieth anniversary of the action is close at hand. Few who witnessed, only three or four who participated in it, survive. In this day of great events, when armies and navies are gathered on a scale of magnitude of which our fathers never dreamed, when from the heights of modern science, we look back to the guns and the ships of war of the last generation, as to the toys of childhood, when we are in the very crisis of a war greater in itself, and waged for a grander issue, than the world has hitherto witnessed, it is not surprising that so few find leisure or inclination to look from the present to the past, or to recall to memory the heroism of their fathers.