While I agree that TR sought to bring Jones home to give the Navy an
icon, I believe Roosevelt's reasoning had much to do with the impact
Jone's example had on the generation that immeadiately followed his,
which TR was intimately aware of. The Revolution was an
embarrassment for the Colonial Navy, with much of it bottled up in
port, only a few ships were able to slip out and have much of an
impact, Jone's Providence and Bon Homme Richard were notable among
them. It was this example that served as a touchstone for the
successful naval commanders of the War of 1812, that did so much to
establish the standards and traditions of today. While Jones on the
surface looks great, a close examination brings out appalling
character faults. He was the most human of heroes, but in the moment
of crises, he maintained his head, and our nation's honor.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "John A. Gable" <TRA_Gable@s...> wrote:
> What is meant is that President Theodore Roosevelt had the body of
John Paul Jones returned to the US from France in 1906 and re-buried
in a most impressive tomb in the crypt of the Chapel at Annapolis.
Jones died in France and was buried in a Protestant cemetery, which
was later covered over by the construction of buildings. It was quite
a job to find the body. Then the body was brought back by the Navy
with great pomp and circumstance. TR did this to give the Navy a
major historical icon, whereas of course the Navy during the
Revolution,in Jones's day, did not amount to much. It was the French
Navy that fought for us on the high seas in the Revolution.
> John Gable
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Tweed Roosevelt
> To: TRA
> Sent: Sunday, June 01, 2003 8:51 AM
> Subject: [tr-m] Contribution to "he is everywhere" thread
> In this week's The New Yorker (June 2, 2003, page 94) is a review
of a new book, John Paul Jones, by Evan Thomas:
> "The (John Paul) Jones revered today is, as Thomas explains,
largely the creation of Theodore Roosevelt, who wanted a role model
for the Navy's officer corps."
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