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Confederate Underwater Warfare: An Illustrated History

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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 to the work of an oceanographer named Matthew Fontaine Murray. Recognizing the South’s limited capabilities, Murray persuaded its leaders to develop ...
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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 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.
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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)
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"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786401147
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/28/1996
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 212

Meet the Author

Louis S. Schafer lives in West Lafayette, Indiana.

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Table of Contents

Preface 1
Introduction: Beginnings of Underwater Explosives 7
1 Maury, at Your Service 11
2 The Anaconda and the Rabbit 23
3 With Patience Comes Success 34
4 Supply and Demand 42
5 Torpedoes on the Yazoo 51
6 Birth of the Spar Torpedo 63
7 The Rains Torpedo 73
8 Captain Lee's Torpedo Ram 82
9 The Little David 93
10 A Pioneer in Southern Waters 104
11 The H. L. Hunley Submarine 113
12 A Flurry in Northern Florida 126
13 Attack of the Squib 134
14 Damn the Torpedoes 143
15 The Trout Boat St. Patrick 152
16 Justice in North Carolina Waters 159
17 A Valiant Effort in South Carolina 168
18 Closing Operations in Mobile 175
Notes 181
Bibliography 191
Index 195
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