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

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

by Donald L. Canney
     
 

ISBN-10: 0851776698

ISBN-13: 9780851776699

Pub. Date: 05/28/2003

Publisher: Conway Maritime Press

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…  See more details below

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780851776699
Publisher:
Conway Maritime Press
Publication date:
05/28/2003
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
Introduction
Ch. 1Historic Background and the International Scene1
Ch. 2Organization and Administration22
Ch. 3Naval Shore Facilities33
Ch. 4The Ships of Lincoln's Navy56
Ch. 5Shipbuilding in Iron and Wood82
Ch. 6Navy Uniforms, Equipment and Small Arms99
Ch. 7The Enlisted Sailor117
Ch. 8The Naval Officer Corps140
Ch. 9The Civil War Marine Corps153
Ch. 10Shiphandling Under Steam and Sail161
Ch. 11Naval Ordnance and Gunnery169
Ch. 12Union Naval Strategy and Logistics of the Civil War178
Ch. 13Civil War Naval Tactics186
Ch. 14Associated Union Maritime Services206
Ch. 15US Naval Casualities and Vessel Losses216
Sources221
Index229

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