Stephen Russell Mallory: A Biography of the Confederate Navy Secretary and United States Senator

Stephen Russell Mallory: A Biography of the Confederate Navy Secretary and United States Senator

by Rodman L. Underwood
     
 

ISBN-10: 0786449276

ISBN-13: 9780786449279

Pub. Date: 09/08/2010

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

Just as Confederate naval action is commonly overshadowed by the dramatic land battles of the Civil War, the navy's originator, Stephen Mallory, is often passed over in favor of those who played a more publicized role in the government of the Confederacy. Mallory had served as one of Florida's U.S. senators for ten years when the state's secession forced him to

Overview

Just as Confederate naval action is commonly overshadowed by the dramatic land battles of the Civil War, the navy's originator, Stephen Mallory, is often passed over in favor of those who played a more publicized role in the government of the Confederacy. Mallory had served as one of Florida's U.S. senators for ten years when the state's secession forced him to resign his position. In the new Confederate government he became the naval secretary and found himself challenged to create a valid military force where none had existed.

This biography of Stephen Russell Mallory chronicles his formative years in Key West, his decades of public service, and his declining days. It discusses his career in the United States Senate, where he served on and chaired the Committee for Naval Affairs, helping to strengthen—in an ironic twist of fate—the very navy he would later attempt to defeat. The work also takes an in-depth look at the challenges and obstacles that Mallory faced in creating a navy for the South. Special attention is given to Mallory's family relationships and his role as a devoted husband and father. Primary sources include Mallory's extensive autobiographical documents and surviving archival records.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786449279
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
09/08/2010
Series:
History/Military/American Civil War
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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