Book Review-‘Lincoln’s Trident: The West Gulf Blockading Squadron during the Civil War’ by R. M. Browning Jr

By James Clipson, published December 2020


Five days after the shelling of Fort Sumter, Lincoln announced a blockade of the Confederate Coast. Ambitious and legally ambiguous, as it seemed to imply the Confederacy was a foreign belligerent, the so-called Anaconda Plan required the Union navy to blockade some 3,500 miles of coastline. Robert Browning Jr has written in depth and with insight about the union blockade of the Atlantic coast in two previous books, he now turns his forensic yet entertaining approach to the Gulf of Mexico…

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Filed under: Atlantic | American Civil War
Subjects include: Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

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