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This is an account of naval conflict in the American Civil War. The author describes scenarios such as primitive Northern gunboats drifting through Louisiana's muddy bayous, rebel privateers capturing Yankee merchantmen at sea and Union ironclads subduing Southern forts with relentless gunfire.
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William M. Fowler Jr. is the director of the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston and teaches maritime history at Munson Institute of American Maritime Studies in Mystic Seaport. He is the author of numerous books, including biographies of Samuel Adams and John Hancock.From Publishers Weekly:
By the author of Jack Tars and Commodores , this is a lively popular account of Union and Confederate naval operations during the War Between the States. Fowler describes how the Union blockade of Southern ports isolated the Confederacy and the subsequent struggle for inland waterways as control of the Mississippi became a crucial strategic factor. He reveals how Confederate naval secretary Stephen Mallory squandered the South's slender resources on the impractical raiding of Federal merchant shipping on the high seas. He explains why both sides were slow to recognize the usefulness of the ironclad warship which, with the appearance of John Ericsson's Monitor , revolutionized naval warfare. The narrative hangs on a series of vivid accounts of naval campaigns and battles, including David Farragut's victories at New Orleans and Mobile Bay and David Porter's contribution to Ulysses S. Grant's Vicksburg campaign. Without a powerful navy, Fowler argues, the North could not have won the war. Photos.
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Book Description Avon Books, 1991. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0380715511
Book Description Avon Books (P), 1991. Paperback. Condition: New. First Paperback Edition. Seller Inventory # DADAX0380715511