Samuel Chester Reid was born in 1783 and first went to sea at the age of eleven. Various adventures, including time as a captured prisoner of the French at Basse-terre in the Carribbean, honed his resourceful instincts; and privateering seemed a logical choice of career. Upon the outbreak of the War of 1812, Reid assumed command of the brig General Armstrong. She sailed from New York with a crew of about ninety men, composed of the expected assortment of adventurers, rogues, and merchant sailors.Continue reading
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