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Chamberlain's Navy: A Story of the American Civil War off Shore
     

Chamberlain's Navy: A Story of the American Civil War off Shore

by Jerry Davis
 
It's 1861 and the secession crisis has come to a head. The people of the United States of America are divided like never before.

The story begins in Norfolk, Virginia, the location of one of the largest Navy yards in the United States. Norfolk is also home to the fictional Chamberlain family.

Brothers John and Richard Chamberlain, both recent graduates of the

Overview

It's 1861 and the secession crisis has come to a head. The people of the United States of America are divided like never before.

The story begins in Norfolk, Virginia, the location of one of the largest Navy yards in the United States. Norfolk is also home to the fictional Chamberlain family.

Brothers John and Richard Chamberlain, both recent graduates of the Naval Academy, are torn apart by the war. One sides with his father, George, a retired Navy petty officer. The other brother sides with his pro-Confederate mother and her extended family.

With the Chamberlain house divided, one brother remains in the Union navy while the other flees in the dark of night to serve in the new Confederate navy.

"Chamberlain's Navy" is historical fiction, with the events surrounding John and Richard Chamberlain related to the real people and real events of the war. Using naval records, memoirs, and archives, the author weaves narratives of two brothers. John Chamberlain joins the Union's blockading fleet and then helps develop the new ironclad, the USS Monitor. Richard Chamberlain serves aboard the CSS Sumter, the first commerce raider to break out of the Union blockade and successfully inaugurate the Confederacy's controversial campaign of commerce raiding on the high seas.

With this volume, we meet our characters as the war begins and takes hold of the two opposing societies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781463567446
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
07/27/2011
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.58(d)

Meet the Author

Jerry A. Davis, Jr., Ph.D., has written scholarly articles and reviews for Alabama Heritage, American Presbyterians, Alabama Review, Journal of the West, New Mexico Historical Review, and the Western Historical Quarterly. After growing up on the banks of the Black Warrior River in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Davis began sailing on Lake Pontchartrain while earning an undergraduate degree at Tulane University. Davis received a master's degree in American Studies from the University of Alabama, and a doctorate in American History from the University of New Mexico. Davis' tenure in education includes service at several prep schools and colleges, including Spelman College, the University of New Mexico, Oakwood Friends School, and The Oakridge School of Texas, where he is director of admissions. Arlington Yacht Club on Lake Arlington is Davis' home under sail. Chamberlain's Navy is the author's first work of historical fiction.

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