Though the Union Navy held a numerical advantage over its Confederate counterpart, the South’s forces had one weapon that was not readily available to the Northunderwater mines, known at the time as torpedoes. More Union ships were destroyed by torpedoes than by all other means combined.
The South’s superiority in underwater weaponry can be directly traced to an oceanographer named Matthew Fontaine Murray. Recognizing the South’s limited capabilities, Murray persuaded its leaders to develop underwater weapons. This is the first detailed history ever of the South’s development of both offensive and defensive underwater weaponry. Many photographs of salvaged Confederate mines are included.
|Publisher:||McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Louis S. Schafer lives in West Lafayette, Indiana.