Book Review-‘Home Squadron: The US Navy on the North Atlantic Station’ by James C. Rentfrow

By Harold N. Boyer, published November 2020


The period between the end of the American Civil War in 1865 and the Spanish–American War in 1898 represented a complete paradigm shift in American gunnery, naval shipbuilding and tactics. Rentfrow, a permanent professor at the US Naval Academy, has written a history of the years 1874 to 1897, concentrating on the North Atlantic Station as an example of this shift.

Taking as his themes ‘the process of organizational change that produced a trained combat squadron of armoured ships, and that squadron’s combat effectiveness throughout the transformation’, he has produced an operational rather than a policy analysis of this period.

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Filed under: Popular Topics | American Civil War | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Administration | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

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