Friday, December 16, 2011

Civil War Naval Book

"Strangling the Confederacy: Coastal Operations in the American Civil War" by Kevin Doughtry.

Book review from Jan. 3, 2011.

One of President Lincoln's first actions after Fort Sumter was fired upon, was to establish a blockade of the entire Confederate coast, no small feat considering the woefully unprepared US Navy at the time.

There were 3549 miles of coastline along with some 189 harbor and river openings.

Responsibility for accomplishing this task was up to secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles with able help from the Navy Board (also called the Blockade Board, Strategy Board and Committee in Conference).

Author Doughtry considers the Blockade to be one of the three campaigns that led to the Confederacy's demise along with the Vicksburg Campaign and Sherman's March to the Sea.

The author details joint Army-Navy operations, which would include Fort Fisher.

looks Like a Book Worth Getting. --Old B-Runner

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