The extract below is from the journal of Captain Preble, reporting the events as they took place on August 3rd, 1804 during the first attack on Tripoli. You have to bear with it a bit as the English language has "evolved" somewhat in the last 208 years, but it is still plainly understandable and very interesting.
3 August 1804
Extract from journal kept on board the U. S. Frigate Constitution
by Captain Edward Preble, U. S. Navy
Wind E b S. Standing off shore on the Starbord Tack the signal out to come within hail spoke the different Vessels and acquainted their Commanders that it was my Intention to attack the shipping & Batteries,--directed the Gun Boats & Bombs to be prepared for immediate service.--
|US Navy attacking Tripoli|
|Capt Decatur (center) attacking gunboats|
We have lost in Killed & Wounded Viz
Lt James Decatur Capt Decatur slight
Lt Tripp[e] severely
10 Seamen &
Total 1 Officer Killed
2 Officers wounded
10 Seamen and Marines Wounded
Live Long and Prosper...