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Nicholas Rogers

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300169621

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300169621.001.0001

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The Trials of Admiral Knowles

The Trials of Admiral Knowles

(p.13) 1 The Trials of Admiral Knowles

Nicholas Rogers

Yale University Press

This chapter describes the different aspects of the trials of Admiral Knowles, who had been charged by four of his subaltern officers with botching a battle off Havana some fourteen months earlier. In their estimation, Knowles had made a un-officer-like attack on the Spanish squadron of Admiral Don Andres Reggio, allowing four ships to begin hostilities while others straggled behind. He had also not switched flagships when his own, the Canterbury, was severely disabled, which meant that he had virtually abdicated his command in the heat of the battle. Whether through cowardice, negligence, or disaffection, Knowles's subaltern officers claimed, and left it very much to the court-martial to decide which, that he had failed to engage the enemy in a manner befitting his rank and responsibilities.

Keywords:   Admiral Knowles, Havana, battle, subaltern officers

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