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

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Univ of North Carolina Press, 2012 - History - 277 pages
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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. In War on the Waters, James M. McPherson has
 

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User Review  - buffalogr - LibraryThing

McPherson delivers a cogent history of US and CS Navies during the Civil War. His themes: that the Union Navy did a pretty good job, despite low funding a few bungles. It's primary task was blockade ... Read full review

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User Review  - joeydag - LibraryThing

The author does narrative history very well. He brings quite a few stories and biographical sketches to life. His conclusion is pretty simple. The naval blockade was a great achievement and was a ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Mobilizing for War
11
Establishing the Blockade
31
Weve Got New Orleans
50
The River War in 18611862
70
The Confederacy Strikes Back
96
Nothing but Disaster
118
A Most Signal Defeat
135
Ironclads Torpedoes and Salt 18631864
170
From the Red River to Cherbourg
187
Damn the Torpedoes
207
Conclusion
224
Acknowledgments
227
Notes
229
Bibliography
253
Index
269

Unvexed to the Sea
154

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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.

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