The Civil War at Sea

Paperback | October 19, 2012

byCraig L. Symonds

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Continuing in the vein of the Lincoln-prize winning Lincoln and His Admirals, acclaimed naval historian Craig L. Symonds presents an operational history of the Civil War navies - both Union and Confederate - in this concise volume. Illuminating how various aspects of the naval engagementinfluenced the trajectory of the war as a whole, The Civil War at Sea adds to our understanding of America's great national conflict. Both the North and the South developed and deployed hundreds of warships between 1861 and 1865. Because the Civil War coincided with a revolution in naval techonology, the development and character of warfare at sea from 1861-1865 was dramatic and unprecedented. Rather than a simple chronology ofthe war at sea, Symonds addresses the story of the naval war topically, from the dramatic transformation wrought by changes in technology to the establishment, management, and impact of blockade. He also offers critical assessments of principal figures in the naval war, from the opposing secretariesof the navy to leading operational commanders such as David Glasgow Farragut and Raphael Semmes. Symonds brings his expertise and knowledge of military and technological history to bear in this essential exploration of American naval engagement throughout the Civil War.

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Continuing in the vein of the Lincoln-prize winning Lincoln and His Admirals, acclaimed naval historian Craig L. Symonds presents an operational history of the Civil War navies - both Union and Confederate - in this concise volume. Illuminating how various aspects of the naval engagementinfluenced the trajectory of the war as a whole, ...

Craig L. Symonds is Professor of History Emeritus at the United States Naval Academy. He is the author of many books on American naval history, including Decision at Sea: Five Naval Battles That Shaped American History; The Battle of Midway; and Lincoln and His Admirals, co-winner of the Lincoln Prize in 2009

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:October 19, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199931682

ISBN - 13:9780199931682

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Table of Contents

1. The Ships and the Guns: Civil War Navies and the Technological Revolution2. The Blockade and Blockade Runners3. The War on Commerce: The Hunters and the Hunted4. "Unvexed to the Sea": The River War5. Civil War Navies and the Siege of Charleston6. The End Game: Mobile, Wilmington, and the Cruise of the Shenandoah