War on the Waters The Union and Confederate Navies, 1861-1865

ISBN-10: 0807835889

ISBN-13: 9780807835883

Edition: 2012

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Although previously undervalued for their strategic impact because the represented only a small percentage of total forces, the Union and Confederate navies were crucial to the outcome of the Civil War. InWar on the Waters, James M. McPherson has crafted an enlightening, at times harrowing, and ultimately thrilling account of the war's naval campaigns and their military leaders.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. Commerce raiders sank Union ships and drove the American merchant marine from the high seas. Southern ironclads sent several Union warships to the bottom, naval mines sank many more, and the Confederates deployed the world's first submarine to sink an enemy vessel. But in the end, it was the Union navy that won some of the war's most important strategic victories--as an essential partner to the army on the ground at Fort Donelson, Vicksburg, Port Hudson, Mobile Bay, and Fort Fisher, and all by itself at Port Royal, Fort Henry, New Orleans, and Memphis.
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 9/17/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 6.12" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

James M. McPherson is the author of Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era, which won a Pulitzer Prize in history, and For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War, a Lincoln Prize winner. He is the George Henry Davis Professor of American History at Princeton University in New Jersey, where he also lives. His newest book, entitled Abraham Lincoln, celebrates the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth with a short, but detailed look at this president's life.

Introduction
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
Conclusion
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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