Bombardment of Tripoli
On August 3, 1804, Commodore Edward Preble's Mediterranean Squadron launched the first of a series of bombardments on the harbor of Tripoli. Designed to destroy the defending batteries and sink enemy ships, the bombardments were part of the blockade that Preble had established in 1803. During the course of the day-long bombardment, U.S. forces also engaged Tripolitan gunboats which were harassing the blockading squadron. The U.S. casualties suffered during the boarding of the enemy gunboats came to Lieutenant James Decatur (Captain Decatur's brother) killed, two other officers and ten Sailors and Marines wounded.
Published: Thu Feb 11 14:23:19 EST 2021