Thursday, September 27, 2018

The real statement by John Paul Jones...

via USN History Instagram Page.

When Captain Richard Pearson of the Serapis asked Jones, "Have you struck? (Do you give up?), Jones, according to most accounts, replied, "I have not yet begun to fight."
Witness accounts vary, but most written immediately after the battle record Jones' words as, "I may sink, but I'm damned if I'll strike" or a very similar phrase.

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