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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.
Authors: McPherson, James M.
Statement of Responsibility: James M. McPherson
Title: War on the waters
the Union and Confederate navies, 1861-1865
Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2012
Characteristics: 277 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 229-267) and index
Contents: Mobilizing for war
Establishing the blockade
We've got New Orleans
The river war in 1861-1862
The Confederacy strikes back
Nothing but disaster
A most signal defeat
Unvexed to the sea
Ironclads, torpedoes, and salt, 1863-1864
From the Red River to Cherbourg
Damn the torpedoes
Summary: 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.
Subject Headings: Confederate States of America. Navy History United States. Navy History Civil War, 1861-1865 United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Campaigns United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Riverine operations United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Naval operations
LCCN: 2012007160
ISBN: 0807835889
9780807835883
Branch Call Number: 973.75 M
Research Call Number: IKC 12-6140
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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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