Lincoln's Navy: The Ships, Men and Organization, 1861-65

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In purely naval terms the American Civil War brought about major innovations that have repercussions even to the present day. The geography of the coast dictated that much fighting took place on rapid rivers, shallow streams, and in tidal estuaries, which called for unprecedented tactics and weapons of war. Ironclads and rifled guns were being introduced as the conflict began. Shallow draft monitors, mines, torpedoes, and submersibles claimed their first victims. Massive and sudden programs of shipbuilding and purchase were instituted.

This is the first major study to explore in detail all aspects of Lincoln's Union Navy. It covers the personnel, including training, discipline and shipboard life; the ships, their acquisition and construction; small arms, uniforms, equipment, and ship's ordnance; supply and logistics; tactics and strategy; administration and yards and stations. An introductory section provides a short history of the service and a comparison with contemporary navies, in particular that of the Confederacy. The volume also includes an overview of the associated naval forces of the conflict, notably the U.S. Revenue Marine, the Army's Quartermaster department, and the Coast Survey, all of which contributed ships and men to the effort. A large format book, it is heavily illustrated with some 200 photographs, drawings, and paintings.

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Canney's fourth book on American naval history concentrates on neglected aspects of the Civil War saga: personnel, including training, discipline, and shipboard life; the ships and their acquisition and construction; small arms, uniforms, equipment, and ship's ordnance; supply and logistics; tactics and strategy; administration and logistics; and yards and stations. In the opening chapters, he discusses the history of the service, compares it to the Confederate and other navies, and provides an overview of the associated naval forces of the conflict: the United States Revenue Marine (Revenue Service), the army's Quartermaster Department, and the Coast Survey. 10x12<">. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780851776699
  • Publisher: Conway Maritime Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2003
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 11.94 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Table of Contents

A Note on Sources and the Un-Filled Gaps in Civil War Naval History
Ch. 1 Historic Background and the International Scene 1
Ch. 2 Organization and Administration 22
Ch. 3 Naval Shore Facilities 33
Ch. 4 The Ships of Lincoln's Navy 56
Ch. 5 Shipbuilding in Iron and Wood 82
Ch. 6 Navy Uniforms, Equipment and Small Arms 99
Ch. 7 The Enlisted Sailor 117
Ch. 8 The Naval Officer Corps 140
Ch. 9 The Civil War Marine Corps 153
Ch. 10 Shiphandling Under Steam and Sail 161
Ch. 11 Naval Ordnance and Gunnery 169
Ch. 12 Union Naval Strategy and Logistics of the Civil War 178
Ch. 13 Civil War Naval Tactics 186
Ch. 14 Associated Union Maritime Services 206
Ch. 15 US Naval Casualities and Vessel Losses 216
Sources 221
Index 229
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