Naval Campaigns of the Civil War / Edition 1

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Overview

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.

Author Biography: Paul Calore was the Operations Branch Chief with the Defense Logistics Agency of the Department of Defense before retiring. He is a member of the U.S. Civil War Center and the Civil War Trust and has also written Land Campaigns of the Civil War (2000, $39.95). He lives in Seekonk, Massachusetts.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786412174
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/19/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Calore was an operations branch chief with the Defense Logistics Agency of the Department of Defense before retiring. In addition to writing on the causes of the Civil War, he has written books about its naval and land campaigns. He is a supporting member of the Civil War Preservation Trust, and lives in Seekonk, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

List of maps
Preface 1
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
Glossary 217
Bibliography 221
Index 223
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