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The Civil War at Sea

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The Civil War was largely a land war, but control of trade over the seas was vital for both sides. The Union navy was out of date and unprepared at the war's beginning, and the Confederate navy was nonexistent. This book charts the rapid progress the North and South made to fight naval war that included blockades, blockade-runners, river fighting, and the coordinated work of army and navy. It also tells the story of the new kinds of ships and naval weapons developed and tested ...
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Overview

The Civil War was largely a land war, but control of trade over the seas was vital for both sides. The Union navy was out of date and unprepared at the war's beginning, and the Confederate navy was nonexistent. This book charts the rapid progress the North and South made to fight naval war that included blockades, blockade-runners, river fighting, and the coordinated work of army and navy. It also tells the story of the new kinds of ships and naval weapons developed and tested during the Civil War.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
The Civil War has aptly been called the first "modern" war. In no sector of combat was that claim more valid than in the fighting at sea. At the commencement of hostilities the world's navies were not radically different than those that had fought in the prior century. However, during the Civil War the advent of ironclad vessels powered by steam and armed with far superior weaponry created a fundamental shift in maritime warfare. One need only think of the fight between the Merrimac and the Monitor to realize how different naval warfare was after the creation of these lumbering, armor-plated ships. It is the story of these types of innovations, as well as the course of the fight to control America's coasts and rivers, that Dale Anderson presents in this compact work. The Civil War at Sea is part of the "World Almanac Library of the Civil War" series. Like other books in the series, this particular work combines period illustrations with a concise narrative. Interlaced throughout the book are interesting facts, mini-biographies, and thoughts drawn from period writings. Taken as a whole, this is a capably book that younger fans of Civil War history will read and enjoy. 2004, World Almanac Library, Ages 10 up.
—Greg M. Romaneck
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Each of these slim titles effectively explores one broad aspect of the Civil War. Home Fronts examines the lives of civilians and the political challenges facing both North and South, including the issue of slavery. The other titles focus on the major battles and leaders. Though brief, the books include a good amount of detail for beginning researchers. Colored boxes highlight additional facts about specific individuals or events associated with the war. Readers will appreciate the many period photographs and reproductions that enhance the texts. At times, the color battle maps can be confusing, but, for the most part, they aid in readers' understanding of the conflicts. Anderson's narratives flow well with interesting tidbits included, although the conclusion in each title is abrupt. For readers looking for a single-volume overview of the Civil War, try James M. McPherson's excellent Fields of Fury (Atheneum, 2002).-Deanna Romriell, Salt Lake City Library, UT Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 4
Chapter 1 Men and Ships 6
Chapter 2 Early Action and Blockade 10
Chapter 3 Beating the Blockade 17
Chapter 4 Experiments in War 22
Chapter 5 Privateers and Raiders 28
Chapter 6 Daily Life on the Ships 33
Chapter 7 Tightening the Noose 38
Time Line 44
Glossary 45
Further Resources 46
Index 47
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