Commanding Lincoln's Navy: Union Naval Leadership During the Civil War [NOOK Book]

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The Union Navy played a vital role in winning the Civil War by blockading Confederate ports, cooperating with the Union Army in amphibious assaults, and controlling the Mississippi River and its tributaries. President Lincoln understood, however, that the Navy was not as important, militarily and politically, to the war effort as the Army, so he delegated authority to his Secretary of the Navy, Gideon Welles, who divided the Navy into six squadrons and hand-picked their commanders. This book examines Welles ...
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Commanding Lincoln's Navy: Union Naval Leadership During the Civil War

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Overview


The Union Navy played a vital role in winning the Civil War by blockading Confederate ports, cooperating with the Union Army in amphibious assaults, and controlling the Mississippi River and its tributaries. President Lincoln understood, however, that the Navy was not as important, militarily and politically, to the war effort as the Army, so he delegated authority to his Secretary of the Navy, Gideon Welles, who divided the Navy into six squadrons and hand-picked their commanders. This book examines Welles selections and why he appointed them. While noting that the officers records, character, and abilities were of primary importance, Taaffe acknowledges that political connections, seniority, and availability were also factored into the selections. He demonstrates that Welles appointments improved markedly as the war continued and as he gained a better understanding of the Navy and its officer corps. Taaffe contends that Welles eventual success in picking effective squadron commanders contributed greatly to Union victory.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612515175
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 364
  • Sales rank: 511,803
  • File size: 2 MB

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  • Posted July 28, 2010

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    Should be in your Civil War library

    The author brings his considerable talents to the US Navy during the Civil War, their mission and their management. As with "Commanding the Army of the Potomac", we look less at battles than management. This produces a non-standard history that can be a challenge to read. The author understands we do not know the Admirals as well we know the Generals. He takes the time and writes a series of mini biographies of the main characters by way of an introduction.
    In doing so, he shows us the difference between the pre-war Navy and Army, underscoring how these differences affect the war. One major difference is no VIP tries to get command of a ship. Another is the Navy Department is under stable political control throughout the war. While strengths, these two items created their own set of problems. Seniority was everything in the Navy. Until death or retirement, no one moved up. Since there was no real retirement officers served well past their physical abilities and often the intellectual abilities as well.
    This is not a tale of Washington politics and influence peddling, although there is a good deal of that. This is a story of building a Navy, selecting men for major commands and their actions. Battles and blockades command much of the narration. While there are few naval battles, attacks on forts and the problems of the blockade take center stage. While not always a "page turner", this is a book of solid information on an ignored subject. This is either an excellent introduction to or a short history of the Navy's activities in the Civil War. Either way, it is well worth reading and a book that should be in your Civil War library.

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