Gary Farber of the always engaging Amygdala has written some fascinating posts about Stephen Decatur (as he pointed out in a comment below). Geez, here I am spending $25 on a book when all I had to do was turn to the first blog on my blogroll.
I found one post here, well worth reading, about the boarding of the Philadelphia -- one of Decatur's finest moments. Unfortunately, Gary's search engine seems to return words it's interested in rather than the one I typed in (for Decatur, it returned doctor and daughter, but no Decatur, not even the post I found on Google), and I'm not feeling particularly inventive tonight, or else I'd track them down.
By the way, if Gary ever gets around to writing a Decatur biography, he can count on my buying it...Posted by Ideofact at April 17, 2004 11:48 PM