America's first limited war was also its first war fought entirely at sea, The conflict known as the "Quasi-War" confirmed and defined the constitutional authority of the United States to wage undeclared, limited war.
Fehlings, Gregory E.
"America's First Limited War,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 53
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