America's Naval Heritage
A Catalog of Early Imprints from the Navy Department Library
Commanders and Heroes
Peterson begins with colonial times and ends with the Mexican War. All of that accomplished in the first 48 pages! The focus of this work is really biographical. Pages 49-545 present, with many portraits, 36 biographical sketches of American naval officers. This volume was first published in 1852 as A History of the United States Navy. Although Peterson's history appeared in five other printings, all are scarce. The printings noted in the NUC are the 1856 in main entry above, 1857 (2 copies located), 1858 (1 copy located), 1858 (2 copies located), 1859 (2 copies located), and 1860 (1 copy located).