Lone Star Navy: Texas, the Fight for the Gulf of Mexico, and the Shaping of the American West

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Lone Star Navy analyzes the role played by the little fleet of wooden warships, bought on credit and sent to sea by an impoverished band of revolutionaries, in winning Texas's independence from Mexico. The upstart flotilla became a vital counterpart to Texan armies fighting for an independent republic. But the same fierce individuality that led Texans to shake off their Mexican rulers also stymied their efforts to govern themselves with a consensus. Lauded by its advocates as strategically vital and ridiculed by its detractors as a farcical waste of money, the navy became a flash point in a clash of visions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597970532
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/30/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 397
  • Sales rank: 749,032
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan W. Jordan has written about historical topics for such publications as Military History Magazine and Military History Quarterly. A graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School, he is a practicing attorney. He lives in the Atlanta area.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Overture: Shifting Winds     xi
Prologue: Prelude to Revolution (1832-1835)
The Troubled Texas Waters     1
Drawing Blood     9
The Influence of Naval Power on the Texas Revolution     19
Fleet of the Revolution (1835-1836)
A War of Privateers     25
The Fleet That Sank Its Government     36
Iron Men for Wooden Ships     42
The Revolution at Sea     49
A National Fleet (1836-1837)
Defending the Lone Star     63
The General at the Helm     74
A Clash of Flagships     83
Mister Fisher's Revenge     89
Death of a Navy     98
Hell to Pay     101
Intermission: The Paper Navy (1837-1839)
Managing a Ghost Fleet     109
Vive la France!     115
The Second Texas Navy (1839-1846)
Houston, Lamar, and Shifting Political Currents     121
Phoenix of the Sea     129
Wintertime in New York     139
The Seafaring Life     142
Gunboat Diplomacy     151
At Sea     156
Second Thoughts     177
The Great Game     188
Red Skies in Morning     192
The WoodenAegis     195
Mutiny on the San Antonio     201
The Horse Latitudes     208
The Plan     231
Amateurs in Command     236
"To Save the Republic"     246
The Last Hurrah     250
Cat and Mouse     259
The Showdown     263
The Pirate Navy     272
The War at Home     279
A Slow Death     287
Flotsam and Jetsam     297
Ghosts and Graves     304
Epilogue: The Verdict     307
The Texas Navy and the San Jacinto Campaign     310
Glossary of Selected Naval Terms     316
Notes     321
Bibliography     358
Index     369
About the Author     381
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