December 9, This day during the War of 1812

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December 9, 1813 – Seringapatam Mutiny By December 9 of 1813, the USS Essex was repaired and ready for sailing. The sailors were not happy about leaving their Marquesan girlfriends and Porter had to suppress one mutiny by declaring that he “would at once put a match to the magazine, and blow them all to eternity.” A former Royal Navy sailor by the name of Robert White, was brought before Porter, having been accused of mutinious talk about the Essex Junior. White denied the accusations, now confirmed by other sailors, infuriated Porter. Porter thus drew his sword, face turning red, and yelled: “Run you scoundrel! Run for your life!” White ran off jumping overboard and swimming to a nearby canoe.(source: Gamble of the Marines, Raymond J Toner USN) The remaining 250 souls remained loyal and the Essex made sail on December 9, 1813 to continue raiding. Most of the fleet…

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