[KS] "Sugi" Flag Issue

William Brown wmbbrown at hotmail.com
Thu Oct 13 21:52:17 EDT 2005

Thomas Devernay wrote:

"As for foreign warships sailing up the Potomac, I should have stated that 
clearer.  I meant foreign warships sailing up the Potomac with hostile 
intent.  Such was the case in the War of 1812, and defenses for it were 
maintained up into the 20th century"

I didn't know we were at war with Korea at the time or that the ship had 
hostile intent. With no way to communicate, it would seem rather natural for 
ships to sail up rivers and visit foreign harbors. But I'm no expert on such 

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>From  <i>"Thomas duvernay" 
<bluelake at handong.edu></i><br>Reply-To:  <i>Korean Studies Discussion 
List <Koreanstudies at koreaweb.ws></i><br>To:  <i>"Korean Studies 
Discussion List" <Koreanstudies at koreaweb.ws></i><br>Subject:  
<i>Re: [KS] "Sugi" Flag Issue</i><br>Date:  <i>Thu, 13 Oct 2005 
09:40:52 +0900</i><br><br>I would have responded sooner, but for some reason 
anything I post to the list, or is replied to, I do not receive by e-mail.  
I had to check the KS archives.<br><br>William Brown wrote:<br><br>"No 
doubt we would like the flag back, and probably woulld give it to 
Seoul<br>if asked, but, and correct me if I'm wrong, didn't foreign 
warships<br>regularly sail up the Potomac to Alexandria in the 1700 and 
1800s, without<br>being fired upon?"<br><br>Regarding the first part of 
your response, the problem is the U.S. has not been willing to return the 
flag.  They have been asked several times, both officially and 
unofficially.<br><br>(http://www.nps.gov/fowa/coastdefense.htm).  An example 
of such an encounter: "A British squadron made an attempt to ascend the 
Potomac in July 1813 but turned back after meeting some resistance from 

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