War on the Waters: The Union and Confederate Navies, 1861-1865 (Hardcover)

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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. InWar on the Waters, James M. McPherson h...

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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. 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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ISBN 9780807835883
Genre HISTORY / United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
Format Hardcover
Pages 277
Publisher Date 2012-09-17 00:00:00.0
Publisher Univ of North Carolina Pr
Copyright Year 2012
Height 10.0 in
Wdth 7.0 in
Thickness 1.0 in
Unit weight 1.2 lb
Language English
Subtitle The Union and Confederate Navies, 1861-1865
Series Name Littlefield History of the Civil War Era
Audience College/higher education
Authors McPherson, James M.

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