Short History Of The Civil War At Sea

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While fighting on land continues to hold center stage, recently much more attention has been focused on the Civil War at sea. And for good reason. Naval operations decided the outcome of the war as the North exploited its significant naval and maritime advantage to turn the war on land in its favor. In A Short History of the Civil War at Sea, Spencer C. Tucker, eminent naval and military historian and endowed chair at the Virginia Military Institute, provides a concise and lively overview of the "blue water" ...

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Overview

While fighting on land continues to hold center stage, recently much more attention has been focused on the Civil War at sea. And for good reason. Naval operations decided the outcome of the war as the North exploited its significant naval and maritime advantage to turn the war on land in its favor. In A Short History of the Civil War at Sea, Spencer C. Tucker, eminent naval and military historian and endowed chair at the Virginia Military Institute, provides a concise and lively overview of the "blue water" Civil War, or fighting on the seas and attacks directed from the sea. This volume covers the drama of significant naval battles, like the first clash of ironclads at Hampton Roads, the Union capture of New Orleans, fierce action in the Charleston Harbor, and the Battle of Mobile Bay. A Short History of the Civil War at Sea also discusses important themes, like the technological revolution in naval warfare; the impact of naval operations on U.S. and Confederate foreign relations; the Confederate use of torpedoes, submarines, and commerce raiders; and the Union's successful strategy of blockade. The struggle at sea might not have been as bloody as the fighting on land, but it was every bit as interesting and included a colorful cast of characters, like David G. Farragut, the North's highest ranking and most accomplished naval officer, and Confederate naval officer, commerce raider, and "Rebel Seadog" Raphael Semmes. And the advances of naval technology during the Civil War are fascinating-from the use of new Dahlgren guns to the design and redesign of the ironclads to the extensive use of mines and the development of submarines. Prof. Tucker covers it all in this new book, and his knowledge and skills as a storyteller shine. A Short History of the Civil War at Sea will entertain and inform students, scholars, and Civil War enthusiasts.

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Fascination with the Civil War at sea resides in no small part with the innovative technology and state-of-the-art machinery of the time, including Dahlgren guns, ironclad warships, the use of mines or torpedoes, and the development of submarines. The naval history of the Civil War is less familiar to the casual student than its land battles, and in this concise yet detailed look at the "blue water" war, Tucker (Handbook of 19th Century Naval Warfare) carefully details the significant contributions it made in the Union victory. The expertise of the author, a military historian at Virginia Military Institute, is noticeably displayed in his sketches of eminent naval officers such as Raphael Semmes and David G. Farragut and in his crisp discussion of significant battles such as that of the ironclads at Hampton Roads, the engagement at Mobile Bay, and the capture of New Orleans. Additionally, Tucker details Union coastal operations and Confederate commerce raiding. Drawings, maps, and period photographs enhance the text. The narration is engaging and fact-filled and should satisfy Civil War enthusiasts as well as students. Recommended for academic libraries and for public libraries with strong history collections. Kathleen M. Conley, Illinois State Univ., Normal Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780842028684
  • Publisher: Sr Books
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Series: American Crisis Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Spencer C. Tucker holds the John Biggs Chair of Military History at the Virginia Military Institute, Lexington. He is the author or editor of sixteen books on naval and military history.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Sea War Begins Chapter 2 The First Clash of Ironclads Chapter 3 The Capture of New Orleans, April 1862 Chapter 4 The Siege of Charleston Chapter 5 Confederate Commerce Raiding Chapter 6 Union Coastal Operations Chapter 7 The Sea War Ends

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2003

    A concise and thorough naval civil war history

    A very handy reference for the enthusiast and the classroom student. I find this book to be a handy review when traveling close to where these battles took place. It is a thorough overlook of the naval battles on the sea and the rivers. I believe Tucker has created a must shelf book.

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