Raiders & Blockaders: The American Civil War Afloat

Front Cover
Brassey's, 1998 - History - 263 pages
0 Reviews
Here are such stories as the famous battle between the Alabama and the Kearsarge off the coast of France (the last single-ship duel of the wooden-ship era); the night the war came all the way north to Portland, Maine; and, of course, the historic encounter between the Monitor and the Merrimack. Also included are accounts of Adm. Franklin Buchanan's defense of Mobile and of James Bulloch's secret negotiations to purchase Confederate warships in Britain, an examination of emergent naval technology, and an introduction to colorful personalities whose leadership affected the outcome of the conflict. Through these nineteen vividly written articles (some of which have appeared in such respected publications as Civil War Times Illustrated and Naval History), even the most knowledgeable Civil War aficionado will be surprised to learn that the naval war was so broad, varied, and intriguing.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.


The Overblown Trent Affair

10 other sections not shown

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (1998)

William N. Still Jr. is professor emeritus of history and former director of the Maritime History and Underwater Archaeology Program at East Carolina University. The Secretary of the Navy's Scholar in Naval History at the Naval Historical Center from 1989-1990, he is the author of American Sea Power in the Old World: The United States Navy in European and Near Eastern Waters, 1865-1917; Iron Afloat: The Story of the Confederate Armorclads; the editor of The Confederate Navy: The Ships, Men, and Organization, 1861-65; and a coauthor of Why the South Lost the Civil War.

John M. Taylor is the author a number of history books, including "Duty Faithfully Performed: Robert E. Lee and His Critics" (Brassey's, Inc., 1999). He is also a contributor to many popular history magazines including "American Heritage, Military History Quarterly", and "Civil War Times". He lives in McLean, Virginia.

Norman C. Delaney is Professor of History at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi and author of Ghost Ship: The Confederate Raider Alabama.

Bibliographic information