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A short history of the Civil War at sea
Tucker, Spencer, 1937-
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Publication Information:
Wilmington, Del. : Scholarly Resources, 2002.
Physical Description:
xiii, 188 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.

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While fighting on land holds center stage, there is also a focus on the Civil War at sea.

Author Notes

Spencer C. Tucker holds the John Biggs Chair of Military History at the Virginia Military Institute, Lexington. He is the author or editor of sixteen books on naval and military history.

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Not long after the Civil War was over, Union admiral David Porter published his very fine The Naval History of the Civil War (1886, reprinted 1998). Since then, many books on the subject have been published. This latest work by Tucker (Virginia Military Institute), a particularly well received historian with 16 books to his credit, supersedes few books on the subject. It is, however, a very well written and insightful treatment of the topic, presenting a particularly fine treatment of the Civil War's naval actions. For its small size, it is well illustrated with maps and other graphic materials, some not often seen. Tucker offers about as fine a limited rendition of things naval as one is likely to find. It would be a excellent choice for any undergraduate study or general library. B. H. Groene formerly, Southeastern Louisiana University

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xi
Chapter 1 The Sea War Beginsp. 1
Mid-Nineteenth-Century Naval Revolutionp. 1
Ships and the Balance of Forcesp. 6
Union Blockadep. 11
Early Fightingp. 20
Chapter 2 The First Clash of Ironcladsp. 31
Chapter 3 The Capture of New Orleans, April 1862p. 65
Chapter 4 The Siege of Charlestonp. 89
Chapter 5 Confederate Commerce Raidingp. 111
Chapter 6 Union Coastal Operationsp. 137
Galvestonp. 137
Battle of Mobile Bayp. 140
Assault on Plymouthp. 160
Chapter 7 The Sea War Endsp. 167
Selected Bibliographyp. 175
Indexp. 179