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The admiral and the ambassador : one man's obsessive search for the body of John Paul Jones

Author: Scott Martelle
Publisher: Chicago, IL : Chicago Review Press Incorporated, 2014.
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As the French Revolution gathered steam, the exact location of Jones's graveand, in fact, the exact location of St. Louis cemetery in Paris, where he was buried in 1792was forgotten: information on his death and burial were destroyed in the Paris Commune and the few who had attended his burial had passed away. His body had, though, been preserved in a lead-lined coffin filled with alcohol; theoretically, if the  Read more...
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Martelle, Scott, 1958-
Admiral and the ambassador
(DLC) 2014002307
(OCoLC)862098936
Named Person: John Paul Jones; John Paul Jones; Horace Porter; John Paul Jones; Horace Porter
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Scott Martelle
ISBN: 9781613747315 1613747314 9781613747339 1613747330 1306562961 9781306562966
OCLC Number: 875894955
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Jones: a hero dies --
A new president --
McKinley, Grant, and an ambassadorship --
Jones: the scourge of England --
The ambassador arrives --
Of war and heroes --
Jones: the fall --
War in Cuba, peace in Paris --
The missing grave --
A brush with fame --
The search begins --
Dreyfus, the exposition, and other distractions --
An assassination --
The negotiations --
The dig and the discovery --
The return of the hero --
A celebration and a delay --
Annapolis celebrates --
"Stowed away like old lumber."
Responsibility: Scott Martelle.
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As the French Revolution gathered steam, the exact location of Jones's graveand, in fact, the exact location of St. Louis cemetery in Paris, where he was buried in 1792was forgotten: information on his death and burial were destroyed in the Paris Commune and the few who had attended his burial had passed away. His body had, though, been preserved in a lead-lined coffin filled with alcohol; theoretically, if the coffin could be located, Jones could be returned to the United States for proper burial. The Admiral and the Ambassador details Porter's long, unrelenting search for that coffin, first through scraps of archive material and written recollections of funeral attendees, and then beneath the rickety buildings that had been constructed over what he believed to be the graveyard. This book, the only full-length account of the search for and discovery of John Paul Jones's body, offers a fascinating look into the charismatic, real-life characters who populated the first century of the United States of America.

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