In the first naval history of the Civil War in more than 25 years, Musicant draws on primary sources, such as letters and diaries, to bring immediacy and depth to his history. From heroic sea duels to the daring mission of the first submarine, Divided Waters provides an intimate look at a facet of the war that was previously scarcely researched. ...
In the first naval history of the Civil War in more than 25 years, Musicant draws on primary sources, such as letters and diaries, to bring immediacy and depth to his history. From heroic sea duels to the daring mission of the first submarine, Divided Waters provides an intimate look at a facet of the war that was previously scarcely researched. Photos. Maps.
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Publishers Weekly, 1995-06-12 Musicant (Battleship at War) draws on the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion and a broad spectrum of published primary and secondary sources for this history of the Civil War's naval operations. He focuses on the responses of both combatants to unfamiliar challenges. New ship typesæironclads and submersiblesæwere merely the most visible characteristics of a general flexibility and originality. This account is an operational narrative, not a strategic analysis. Musicant is at his best when describing the duel between the Kearsarge and the Alabama, or Admiral David Farragut's forcing of Mobile Bay. He demonstrates as well the vital role of Union sea power in such combined-arms riverine operations as the siege of Vicksburg. His final conclusion, that the Union blockade ultimately deprived the Confederacy of the commercial and political contacts it needed to survive, is well supported in this highly readable volume. Illustrations not seen by PW. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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