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This analysis of naval engagements during the War Between the States presents the action from the efforts at Fort Sumter during the secession of South Carolina in 1860, through the battles in the Gulf of Mexico, on the Mississippi River, and along the eastern seaboard, to the final attack at Fort Fisher on the coast of North Carolina in January 1865.
This work provides an understanding of the maritime problems facing both sides at the beginning of the war, their efforts to overcome these problems, and their attempts, both triumphant and tragic, to control the waterways of the South. The Union blockade, Confederate privateers and commerce raiders are discussed, as is the famous battle between the Monitor and the Merrimack.
An overview of the events in the early months preceding the outbreak of the war is presented. The chronological arrangement of the campaigns allows for ready reference regarding a single event or an entire series of campaigns. Maps and an index are also included.
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|1||Prelude to War: December 1860-March 1861||5|
|2||The Opening Salvo: March-April 1861||19|
|3||Virginia Secessionists - Wrath Unleashed: April 1861-March 1862||31|
|4||Presidential Posturing: April-May 1861||38|
|5||The Union Navy: April-December 1861||43|
|6||Mallory Builds a Navy: April-December 1861||52|
|7||Naval Blockade and Blockade-Runners: April 1861-December 1862||62|
|8||Confederate Privateers and Commerce-Raiders: April 1861-November 1865||72|
|9||North Atlantic Naval Campaigns: August 1861-October 1864||90|
|10||South Atlantic Naval Campaigns: October 1861-December 1862||103|
|11||Clash of the Ironclads: April 1861-December 1862||114|
|12||The Mississippi Flotilla: June 1861-October 1862||131|
|13||The Gulf Squadrons: May 1861-June 1862||147|
|14||New Orleans to Vicksburg: December 1861-December 1862||153|
|15||The Mississippi Squadron: October 1862-May 1864||166|
|16||Gunboats at Mobile Bay: August 1863-December 1864||184|
|17||"Cradle of the Rebellion": December 1861-February 1865||195|
|18||The Capture of Fort Fisher: September 1864-January 1865||208|