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The Somers' Mutiny
A Selected Bibliography


Anthony, Irving. "Mutiny on the USS Somers," 17, no.1 Sea Classics (January 1984): 18-22, 78-79.

Baldwin, Hanson W. Admiral Death, Twelve Adventures of Men Against the Sea. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1939.

Baldwin, Hanson W. "Mutiny on the Brig Somers: When a Captain and His Officers Held Court and Decided to Hang Three Navy Men from the Yardarm." Esquire (August 1935): 84-85.

Bladwin, Hanson W. Sea Fights and Shipwrecks: True Tales of the Seven Seas. New York: Hanover House, 1955.

Blackstone, William. Commentaries on the Laws of England. Dublin, Ireland: J. Exshaw, 1769-70.

Clark, George R. Short History of the United States Navy. Philadelphia: Lippencott, 1927.

Cooper, James Fenimore. The Cruise of the Somers: Illustrative of the Despotism of the Quarter Deck and the Unmanly Conduct of Commander Mackenzie. New York: J. Winchester, 1844.

Dudley, Edgar S. Military Law and the Procedure of Courts-Martial. 2d ed. New York: J. Wiley & Sons, 1908.

Dugan, James. The Great Mutiny. New York: Putnam, 1965.

Feuer, A. B. "A Question of Mutiny." Naval History 8, no. 2 (March-April 1994): 22-27.

Fuller, Edmund, ed. Mutiny: Being Accounts of Insurrections, Famous and Infamous, on Land and Sea, From the Days of the Caesars to Modern Times. New York: Crown, 1953.

Guttridge, Leonard F. A History of Naval Insurrection. Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute Press, 1992.

Hamilton, Gail. The Murder of Philip Spencer. New York: Cosmopolitan Publishing Co. 18--?

Hayford, Harrison, ed. The Somers Mutiny Affair. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1959.

Hunt, Livingston. "The Attempted Mutiny on the U.S. Brig Somers." US Naval Institute Proceedings 51 (November 1925): 2062-2100.

Inquiry into the Somers Mutiny: With a Full Account of the Execution of Spencer, Cromwell and Small. New York: Greeley & McElrath, 1843.

MacKenzie, Alexander S. Case of the Somers' Mutiny: Defence of Alexander Slidell Mackenzie, Commander of the U.S. Brig Somers, Before the Court Martial Held at the Navy Yard, Brooklyn. New York: Tribune Office, 1843.

McFarland, Philip J. The Affair of the Somers. New York: Schocken Books, 1985

Melton, Buckner F. A Hanging Offense: The Strange Affair of the Warship Somers. New York: Free Press, 2003.

Morison, Samuel Eliot. "The Somers Mutiny, 1842-1843," In Sailor Historian: The Best of Samuel Eliot Morison, edited by Emily Morison Beck. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1977. [See ch.2, pt.7, pp.181-202].

Morris, H. H. "The USS Somers Affair." American History Illustrated 9, no. 5 (August 1974): 24-30.

"Mutiny on the Somers." Southern Literary Messenger 9 (1844): 135.

Parmelee, T.N. "Recollections of an Old Stager: The Somers Tragedy." Harpers Monthly 46 (April 1873): 700.

Prescott, Dana G. Rough Passage: True Tales of Ships and Men. Caldwell, Idaho: Caxton Printers, 1958.

Proceedings of the Court of Inquiry Appointed to Inquire into the Intended Mutiny on Board the United States Brig of War Somers, On the High Seas, Held On Board the United States Ship North Carolina Lying at the Navy Yard, New York; With a Full Account of the Execution of Spencer, Cromwell and Small, On Board Said Vessel. New York: Greeley and McElrath, 1843.

Proceedings of the Naval Court Martial in the Case of Alexander Slidell MacKenzie, a Commander in the Navy of the United States, &c: Including the Charges and Specifictions of Charges, Preferred Against Him By the Secretary of the Navy. To Which is Annexed, an Elaborate Review, By James Fenimore Cooper. New York: Henry G. Langley, 1844.

Rogers, Robert C. "Remininscences of Philip Spencer and the Brig Somers." United Service 4 (July 1890): 23-36.

Singer, Kurt D., and Jane Sherrod. Great Adventures of the Sea. Minneapolis: T.S. Denison, 1962.

Smith, H.D. "The Mutiny of the Somers." American Magazine 8 (June 1888): 109-114.

Sumner, Charles. "The Mutiny on the Somers." North American Review 57 (July 1843): 195-242.

U.S. Division of Naval History. Ship's History Section. History of Ships Named Somers. Washington: 1958.

Van de Water, Frederic F. The Captain Called It Mutiny. New York: Washburn, 1954.

Van de Water, Frederic F. "Panic Rides the High Seas." American Heritage 12 (June 1961): 21.


Related Resources:

Biography - Alexander Slidell MacKenzie, Commander, USN

Biography - Philip Spencer, Midshipman, USN

Case of the Somer's Mutiny: Defence of Alexander Slidell MacKenzie, Commander of the U.S. Brig Somers... [1843]

Essay on the Legal Aspects of Somers Affair and Bibliography

Extracts from deck log of Somers

Online images of Somers