Member of the Year
- Mar 31, 2012
- Central Ohio
The will to fight seems to have been (apart from Palmerston and his supporters) an entirely US Cabinet thing. However if for example Farragut had beaten or driven off the RN Squadron of Mexico - not such a silly idea if you compare the two forces - The British Bulldog may well have woken up !
I have spent ages trying to find the composition of the RN Squadron and the Union Navy off of Mexico but I can't seem to find any information, I'm looking because its very rare to hear of the RN being driven off. I'm aware of the more well known defeats that the Royal Navy suffered but I had always assumed that any action between the RN and the US Navy, would have resulted in a RN victory. I guess that men like Farragut were excellent commanders and his courage and skill was evident when he was aboard USS Hartford, his skill as a commander would certainly have been a big factor in any naval engagement.
I appreciate that you have suggested a hypothetical 'what if' scenario on the RN Squadron getting chased off and it is an interesting proposition, I enjoy these what if scenarios, I would certainly like to know more, are there any links you could suggest please, I'm keen to look at the strength of the opposing forces.