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August 1, 2013

U.S. Marines


From the Otsego Herald

for Saturday, July 31, 1813

Compiled, with comments


A Marine Biography

JAMES BROOM, first lieutenant of marines on board the Chesapeake, about 24 years of age, was killed in the action with the Shannon on the 1st of June. He was born at Wilmington in the state of Delaware. His father, major Abraham Broom, until this unfortunate bereavement, had three sons, all of whom were enrolled in the naval or military service of their country.

His brother Charles, about 18 years of age, is now a lieutenant of marines serving with commodore Chauncey on the lakes, and promises to be an ornament to his profession, having, to use the expression of his gallant commander in relation to him, “a veteran head on young shoulders.” His youngest brother, Thomas, is a cadet at West Point, preparing for military service.

James was on board the Chesapeake as midshipman on his first cruise when she was attacked by the Leopard [in 1807], and ... received several wounds. These he never forgot, and ardently wished for an opportunity to wipe off the stain on the national flag which that unhappy event ... was supposed to have occasioned ...

From the time he entered in the service he was constantly employed ... Such youth as these the times can but ill spare. They ... have by their brilliant exploits raised the public expectation to so lofty a height that none but such as they can meet it.

The gloom which the disasters of the war have overspread the nation is cheered only by the ray of resplendent success which the navy sheds ... They nobly sustain the character which their fathers acquired in the revolution, and prove that they, at least, have courage and skill to tread the path which leads to glory  ...

His father ... says [before James’ death was confirmed]: “I am much afraid my poor James is no more — his situation, having the command of the boarders ... and knowing his intrepid spirit, I have but little hopes that he lives ... He fell doing his duty like a soldier, and when living was a dutiful son and beloved by all who knew him.” His country’s sympathy is all she has to give ...  —United States Gazette.

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