Date Thesis Awarded


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Honors Thesis -- Access Restricted On-Campus Only

Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)




Chandos Michael Brown

Committee Members

Paul W. Mapp

Richard Lowry


From the end of the War of 1812 through 1825, the US naval officer corps was plagued by a series of publicized tribunals and duels among its most prestigious officers. These men were members of the first generation of officers to be promoted to the rank of captain (rather than appointed to that rank upon entering the service), and their disputes and disciplinary problems were heavily influenced by the system of honor which dominated the early Navy. This paper analyzes the meaning of honor to the first generation of promoted captains and the role it played in facilitating conflicts between the officers. It will also examine the Navy's responses to these disputes, and the effects of dueling and tribunals on the Navy's reputation with the public.

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Thesis is part of Honors ETD pilot project, 2008-2013. Migrated from Dspace in 2016.

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