Louisiana Institute of Higher Education
This detailed look at Alexander Cochrane's personal and professional background examines his early naval career and his rapid rise through the ranks during the American and French Revolutionary Wars. Turbulent times followed with the resumption of war with Napoleonic France although Cochrane's professional exile to the West Indies brought redemption and elevation to the position of Commander-in-Chief of the North American Station at the height of the new war with America in 1814. Yet despite Cochrane's long history of success, his failures in Baltimore and New Orleans would seal his fate as one of the most under-rated and ignored actors in the great wars of the early nineteenth century.
S. A. Cavell received her MA in History from LSU and her PhD in maritime history from the University of Exeter in the UK where she received the Exeter Research Fellowship. Her publications include Midshipmen and Quarterdeck Boys in the British Navy, and contributions to The Battle of New Orleans Reconsidered, and the U.S. Naval Academy's New Directions in Naval History. Sam has appeared in historical documentaries for National Geographic and lectured at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Texas A&M Galveston, the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, and Oxford University.