The Battle of the Enterprise and the Boxer - 1813
Composed by: Charles Ipcar ©6/13/13
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|There was a saucy British brig,
The Boxer was her name,
She plundered all, both great and small,
About the Gulf of Maine.
It was the year eighteen thirteen,
September the fifth day,
'Board Enterprise was great surprise
At the news which came our way…
The Boxer she'd been sighted,
When our first broadside struck their brig,
So the bruised and battered Boxer
And as you pass by their graves,
Header Graphic: Battle between the Brig USS Enterprise and the Brig HMS Boxer, September 5, 1813, painted by John Bentham-Dinsdale (1927-2008), courtesy of Vallejo Marine Gallery, Newport Beach, California.
I composed this ballad for the 200th anniversary of the battle between these two warships in the War of 1812. The tune is a traditional nautical one. After the battle both captains were brought back to Portland, Maine, and buried together in the Eastern Cemetery at the foot of Munjoy Hill.
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