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War on the Waters

The Union and Confederate Navies, 1861-1865

McPherson, James M.

(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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McPherson recounts how the Union navy's blockade of the Confederate coast, leaky as a sieve in the war's early months, became increasingly effective as it choked off vital imports and exports. Meanwhile, the Confederate navy, dwarfed by its giant adversary, demonstrated daring and military innovation.

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Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2012
ISBN: 0807835889
9780807835883
Branch Call Number: 973.75 M
Characteristics: 277 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.

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Although previously undervalued for their strategic impact because they represented only a small percentage of total forces, the Union and Confederate navies were crucial to the outcome of the Civil War. Professor James McPherson recounts the war's naval campaigns and their military leaders on M... Read More »


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Jun 13, 2013
  • SirWhiskers rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A good introduction to the subject.

A video of a book talk with the author, James McPherson and the author of The Civil War at Sea, Craig Symonds can be found at CSPAN 2's BookTV.org

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