John Paul Jones and Sir Guy Carleton Comparison Essay by Mgmleo

John Paul Jones and Sir Guy Carleton
A comparative analysis of the military talents, ambitions and failures of John Paul Jones and Sir Guy Carleton during the Revolutionary War.
# 118792 | 4,885 words | 12 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Feb 24, 2010 in History (U.S. Before 1865)

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This paper discusses how John Paul Jones and Sir Guy Carleton consciously went against traditional and accepted methods related to warfare and used their own better judgment in order to accomplish some of the most important military victories of the Revolutionary War period. The paper compares their histories, characters, military leadership skills and political views as well as the main events of the Revolutionary War in order to demonstrate how both men often rejected traditional methodologies related to warfare and governance and utilized their own better judgment to advance the causes of their beloved nations.

From the Paper:

"Carleton's life prior to the American Revolution was truly steeped in British politics and a myriad of serious problems associated with Canada, particularly related to French occupation and the native indigenous Indians, but by early 1774, it became clear to Carleton that the American rebellion against the British Empire posed a number of dire threats to the security of Great Britain and to King George III's iron-fisted control of the colonies. Thus, in September of 1774, Carleton ordered two British regiments to the city of Boston after being told by Major-General Thomas Gage that an uprising by the city's armed militias was imminent. One of these regiments was known as the Royal Highland Emigrants, "a group of British colonists that had settled in Canada in the 1750's and was devotedly loyal to the English Crown in return for being granted large parcels of unsettled lands" which at the time were home to thousands of Indian tribes. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Anderson, Michael H. John Paul Jones and the Bonhomme Richard. New York: Scribner's Publishing, 2002.
  • Bowen-Hassell, E.G., Conrad, Dennis, and Mark L. Hayes. Sea Raiders of the American Revolution: The Continental Navy in European Waters. Washington, DC: Naval Historical Center, 2003.
  • Browne, G.P. "Sir Guy Carleton, 1st Baron of Dorchester." Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online. 2000. Accessed January 14, 2010 from
  • Chapelle, Howard I. The History of the American Sailing Navy. New York: W.W. Norton, 1949.
  • Jones, John Paul. Memoir of the American Revolution. ed. G.W. Gawalt. Washington, DC: Library of Congress Press, 1979.

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