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Commodore Joshua Barney: A Select Bibliography


Barney, Mary, ed. A Biographical Memoir of the Late Commodore Joshua Barney: From Autobiographical Notes and Journals in Possession of His Family, and Other Authentic Sources. Boston, MA: Gray and Bowen, 1832.

Beard, William E. “Scraps from Old Sea Bags.” US Naval Institute Proceedings 54, no. 8 (August 1928): 647-650. [See “Barney’s Fight with the General Monk” on pp. 647-648.].

Blanco, Richard L., ed. The American Revolution 1775-1783: An Encyclopedia. Vol. 1. New York: Garland Publishing, 1993. [See “Barney, Joshua,” pp. 94-95.].

Brewington, M.V. “The Battle of Delaware Bay.” US Naval Institute Proceedings 65, no. 2 (February 1939): 231-237. [Illustrations are included, pp. 289-293.].

Brodine, Charles E., Michael J. Crawford, and Christine F. Hughes. Against All Odds: U.S. Sailors in the War of 1812. Washington, DC: Naval Historical Center, 2004. [See pp. 27-52.]

Crawford, Michael J., et al., eds. The Naval War of 1812: A Documentary History, Volume III, 1814-1815. Washington, DC: Naval Historical Center, 2002. [See index, pp. 797-798, for “Barney, Joshua.”].

Davis, Milton S. “Defense of Washington.” US Naval Institute Proceedings 63, no. 6 (June 1937): 839-850. [Portrait of Joshua Barney is found on p. 837.].

Dudley, William S. and Michael J. Crawford, eds. The Naval War of 1812: A Documentary History, Volume I, 1812. Washington, DC: Naval Historical Center, 1985. [See index, p. 658, for “Barney, Joshua.”].

Dudley, William S., et al., eds. The Naval War of 1812: A Documentary History, Volume II, 1813. Washington, DC: Naval Historical Center, 1992. [See index, p. 720, for “Barney, Joshua.”].

Footner, Hulbert. Sailor of Fortune: The Life and Adventures of Commodore Barney, U.S.N. 1940. Reprint, Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1998.

Garitee, Jerome. The Republic’s Private Navy: the American Privateer Business as Practiced by Baltimore During the War of 1812. Middletown, CT: published for Mystic Seaport by Wesleyan University Press, 1977.

Garraty, John A. and Mark C. Carnes, eds. American National Biography. Vol. 2. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999. [See "Barney, Joshua," pp. 204-205, which includes a short list of sources.].

Heidler, Davis S. and Jeanne T. Heidler, eds. Encyclopedia of the War of 1812. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 1997. [See Spencer C. Tucker’s essay “Barney, Joshua, 1759-1818, U.S. naval officer,” pp. 38-39.].

Lord, Walter. The Dawn’s Early Light. New York: W.W. Norton, 1972. [See index, p. 372, for “Barney, Com. Joshua.”].

Malcomson, Robert. Historical Dictionary of the War of 1812. Historical Dictionaries of War, Revolution, and Civil Unrest, No. 31. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2006. [See essays, “Barney, Joshua” and “Barney’s Flotilla,” pp. 23-25.].

Muller, Charles G. The Darkest Day: 1814, The Washington-Baltimore Campaign. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1963. [See index, p. 225, for “Barney, Commodore Joshua.”].

National Cyclopaedia of American Biography. Vol. 4. New York: James T. White, 1893. [See “Barney, Joshua,” p. 167].

Naval Documents of the American Revolution. Washington, DC: Naval Historical Center, 1964. [Volume 2 (1775), see index p. 1409; Volume 3 (1775-1776), see index p. 1420; Volume 4 (1776), see index p. 1511; Volume 5 (1776), see index p. 1393; Volume 6 (1776), see index p. 1545; Volume 7 (1776-1777), see index p. 1356; Volume 8 (1777), see index p. 1084; Volume 10 (1777), see index p. 1219; Volume 11 (1778), see index p. 1209.]

Niles’ Weekly Register 7, no. 2 (24 September 1814): 32. [See “Commodore Barney” in last paragraph of “Miscellaneous” section.].

Niles’ Weekly Register 7, no. 9 (5 November 1814): 142. [See letter from Joshua Barney to Hon. Mr. Pleasants.].

Norton, Louis Arthur. Joshua Barney: Hero of the Revolution and 1812. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2000. [Contains a useful bibliography and notes, including manuscript sources.].

Paine, Ralph D. Joshua Barney: A Forgotten Hero of Blue Water. New York: Century, 1924.

Parker, Commander T.D., USN. “Romance of Joshua Barney.” US Naval Institute Proceedings 42, no. 4 (July-August 1916): 1237-1250.

Reynolds, Clark G. Famous American Admirals. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1978. [See "Barney, Joshua," pp. 18-20.].

Shomette, Donald G. Flotilla: Battle for the Patuxent. Solomons, MD: Calvert Marine Museum Press, 1981.

Spiller, Roger J., ed. Dictionary of American Military Biography. Vol. 1. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1984. [See “Barney, Joshua,” pp. 62-65.].

Tucker, Spencer C., ed. Encyclopedia of American Military History. Vol. 1. New York: Facts on File, 2003. [See “Barney, Joshua,” pp. 83-84].

Wilson, James Grant and John Fiske, eds. Appleton’s Cyclopaedia of American Biography. Vol. 1. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1887. [See “Barney, Joshua,” pp. 171-172.].


24 April 2006