Confederate Underwater Warfare: An Illustrated History

Confederate Underwater Warfare: An Illustrated History

by Louis S. Schafer, Lewis S. Schafer
     
 

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Though the Union Navy held a numerical advantage over its Confederate counterpart, the South's forces had one weapon that was not readily available to the North—underwater mines, known at the time as torpedoes. More Union ships were destroyed by torpedoes than by all other means combined.

The South's superiority in underwater weaponry can be directly traced

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Overview

Though the Union Navy held a numerical advantage over its Confederate counterpart, the South's forces had one weapon that was not readily available to the North—underwater mines, known at the time as torpedoes. More Union ships were destroyed by torpedoes than by all other means combined.

The South's superiority in underwater weaponry can be directly traced to the work of an oceanographer named Matthew Fontaine Murray. Recognizing the South's limited capabilities, Murray persuaded its leaders to develop underwater weapons. This is the first detailed history ever of the South's development and deployment of both offensive and defensive underwater weaponry. Included are many photographs of actual salvaged Confederate mines.

Editorial Reviews

The Civil War News
provid[es] a concise account of Confederate underwater warfare activities
The Civil War Courier
covers a great deal of ground...a fascinating narrative of the South's driven desire to perfect an underwater weapon...quite detailed
The Mariners' Museum Journal
a wealth of information...impressive bibliography
Booknews
A history of The Confederacy's development and deployment of offensive and defensive underwater weaponry during the Civil War. More Union ships were destroyed by torpedoes than by any other means, and much of this "distinction" is owed to Matthew Fontaine Murray of Virginia whose life is portrayed along with the torpedoes and underwater mines he developed. Schafer (a Michigan public school administrator) has enlivened the one dimensional personal accounts and diary entries with a sense of historical urgency and perspective. Includes illustrations and photographs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786401147
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
07/28/1996
Pages:
212
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)

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