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  • Sea of Grayby Tom Chaffin

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2007; US$ 16.99

    The sleek, 222-foot, black auxiliary steamer Sea King left London on October 8, 1864, ostensibly bound for Bombay. The subterfuge was ended off the shores of Madeira, where the ship was outfitted for war. The newly christened CSS Shenandoah then commenced the last, most quixotic sea story of the Civil War: the 58,000-mile, around-the-world cruise... more...

  • The Atlantic Coastby Harry Thurston; Wayne Barrett

    Greystone Books 2011; US$ 31.95

    The North Atlantic coast of North Americacommonly known as the Atlantic Coastextends from Newfoundland and Labrador through the Maritime Provinces and the Northeastern United States south to Cape Hatteras. This North Atlantic region belongs to the sea. The maritime influence on climate, flora, and fauna is dominant even far inland. Both on land and... more...

  • War on the Watersby James M. McPherson

    The University of North Carolina Press 2012; US$ 24.99

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

  • USS Monitorby John D. Broadwater

    Texas A&M University Press 2012; US$ 24.95

    A hundred and fifty years ago, naval warfare entered a new phase with the introduction of ironclad vessels. On March 9, 1862, the USS Monitor , prototype of this new class of warships, fought the Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia at Hampton Roads, Virginia, after the Virginia had ravaged the Union fleet blockading the James River, sinking larger,... more...

  • The Voyage of the CSS Shenandoahby William C. Whittle; D. Alan Harris; Anne B. Harris

    University of Alabama Press 2014; US$ 29.95

    The only Confederate ship to circumnavigate the globe. The Confederate cruiser Shenandoah was the last of a group of commerce raiders deployed to prey on Union merchant ships. Ordered to the Pacific Ocean to "greatly damage and disperse" the Yankee whaling fleet in those waters, the Shenandoah's successful pursuit of her quarry compared favorably... more...

  • Lincoln's Tridentby Robert M. Browning Jr.

    University of Alabama Press 2015; US$ 69.95

    In Lincoln?s Trident , Coast Guard historian Robert M. Browning Jr. continues his magisterial series about the Union?s naval blockade of the Confederacy during the American Civil War. Established by the Navy Department in 1862, the West Gulf Blockading Squadron operated from St. Andrews Bay (Panama City), Florida to the Rio Grande River. As with... more...

  • Blockaders, Refugees, and Contrabandsby George E. Buker

    University of Alabama Press 2015; US$ 29.95

    Chronicles the role of the East Gulf Blockading Squadron as an important Federal contingent in Florida. "[Buker] argues that the presence of Union sailors and their extensive contacts ashore did serious damage to home-front morale and retarded Florida's value as a component of the rebel war machine. Since the state's long coastlines made it... more...

  • Lamson of the Gettysburgby James M. McPherson; Patricia R. McPherson

    Oxford University Press, USA 1997; US$ 39.99

    Roswell Lamson was one of the boldest and most skillful young officers in the Union navy. Second in the class of 1862 at Annapolis (he took his final exam while at sea during the war), he commanded more ships and flotillas than any other officer of his age or rank in the service, climaxed by his captaincy of the navy's fastest ship in 1864, USS... more...

  • The USS Carondeletby Myron J. Smith

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2010; US$ 55.00

    The USS Carondelet had a revolutionary ship design and was the most active of all the Union's Civil War river ironclads. From Fort Henry through the siege of Vicksburg and from the Red River campaign through the Battle of Nashville, the gunboat was prominent in war legend and literature. This history draws on the letters of Ensign Scott Dyer Jordan... more...

  • The CSS Arkansasby Myron J. Smith

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2011; US$ 45.00

    While the Monitor and Merrimack are the most famous of the Civil War ironclads, the Confederacy had another ship in its flotilla that carried high hopes and a metal hull. The makeshift CSS Arkansas, completed by Lt. Isaac Newton Brown and manned by a mixed crew of volunteers, gave the South a surge of confidence when it launched in 1862. For 28 days... more...