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Naval campaigns of the Civil War
Calore, Paul, 1938-
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Publication Information:
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, [2002]

Physical Description:
vii, 232 pages : maps ; 23 cm
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E591 .C26 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This analysis of naval engagements during the War Between the States presents the action from the efforts at Fort Sumter during the secession of South Carolina in 1860, through the battles in the Gulf of Mexico, on the Mississippi River, and along the eastern seaboard, to the final attack at Fort Fisher on the coast of North Carolina in January 1865. This work provides an understanding of the maritime problems facing both sides at the beginning of the war, their efforts to overcome these problems, and their attempts, both triumphant and tragic, to control the waterways of the South. The Union blockade, Confederate privateers and commerce raiders are discussed, as is the famous battle between the Monitor and the Merrimack. An overview of the events in the early months preceding the outbreak of the war is presented. The chronological arrangement of the campaigns allows for ready reference regarding a single event or an entire series of campaigns. Maps and an index are also included.

Author Notes

Paul Calore has written on the causes of the Civil War, as well as books about its naval and land campaigns. He is a supporting member of the Civil War Preservation Trust, and lives in Seekonk, Massachusetts.

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Booklist Review

Together with Calore's Land Campaigns of the Civil War (2000), this volume fills any library's need for basic military coverage of the Civil War. The book is broken down by campaigns, some of which were rather short, such as the preliminary naval maneuvering in the period from the secession of South Carolina to the fall of Fort Sumter. Others covered a goodly part of the war years, such as operations against Charleston, the blockade of the Confederacy (which Calore considers indispensable to the Union's ultimate victory), and the far-flung efforts of Confederate commerce raiders. The format mandates a certain amount of flipping back and forth to establish a straightforward time line, but the writing is clear, the research thorough, the balance between narrative and analysis sound. Moreover, the maps constitute a particularly strong asset. Students of the obscure and abstruse anent Civil War navies may grouse, but everybody else is likely to be satisfied. --Roland Green