Archive Results For: American Civil War

Book Review – ‘The US Navy: A concise history’ by Johan Francke

By Johan Francke

In this concise history, Craig L. Symonds describes, among other issues, the role played by political decisions and political debate in the formation of the US Navy and, similarly, the influence of technological innovation. For the supporters of maritime policy, the importance of the navy was a matter of projecting state power and self-confidence. Others […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | Interwar | WW2 | American Revolution | Post WW2 | American Civil War | Eighteenth Century | Nineteenth Century | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Twentieth Century
Subjects include: Navies

Book Review-‘Ungentle Goodnights: Life in a home for elderly and disabled naval sailors and marines and the perilous seafaring careers that brought them there’ by C. McKee

By Sarah Goldberger

‘Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night’. The subjects of Christopher McKee’s Ungentle Goodnights, the pensioned sailors at the US Naval Asylum in Philadelphia, were an intractable population that raged well into their twilight. The asylum ‘beneficiaries’, as McKee describes them, were not passive old men, but they fought with authorities and each other, […] Read More

Filed under: American Civil War | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Administration | Miscellaneous

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

By James Clipson

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 […] Read More

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

Book Review-‘Congress Buys a Navy: Politics, economics, and the rise of American naval power, 1881–1921’by P. E. Pedisich

By Harold N. Boyer

Pedisich (former Admiral Stephen B. Luce Chair of Naval Strategy, US Naval War College) has written a legislative history of the US Navy from the Progressive Era of American history to just after the end of the First World War. The navy, in the period from the end of the Civil War in 1865 until […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | Interwar | American Revolution | American Civil War | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Navies

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

By Harold N. Boyer

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 […] Read More

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

Book Review – ‘A Dog Before A Soldier: Almost-lost episodes in the US Navy’s Civil War’ by Chuck Veit

By Howard Fuller

Although the tales here are old, there are several elements to this curious, enjoyable little work that are actually quite new. For one, it is selfpublished (through lulu.com – a website.) The author is also a Civil War re-enactor—but proudly the founder of the US Naval Landing Party, ‘one of the few living history groups […] Read More

Filed under: American Civil War | Nineteenth Century
Subjects include: Miscellaneous | Navies

The Dummett Freighter: A nineteenth-century log sailing canoe from northeastern Florida

By Thomas Briggs

This article provides a comparative physical and cultural study of a cypress log sailing canoe and the plantation culture of nineteenth-century north-eastern Florida that created it. The author makes the argument that this and other vessels of similar construction represent a typology of log boat construction that was limited to Florida’s north-east during the mid- […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | War of 1812 | American Civil War | Nineteenth Century | Caribbean
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Leisure & Small Craft | Shipbuilding & Design

Reconstructing the Design of the American Civil War Semi-submersible CSS David

By John D. Littlefield

The American Civil War saw the need for many quickly conceived experimental projects in naval warfare. CSS David, a semi-submersible torpedo boat, proved to be an important innovation as it spurred development of both the modern torpedo and submarine. Historians superficially mention ‘Little David’ when discussing the historic attack of the Union blockader New Ironsides on 5 October […] Read More

Filed under: American Civil War | Other (location)
Subjects include: Navies | Shipbuilding & Design | Submarines

French Naval Intelligence during the Second Empire: Charles Pigeard Reporting on British and American Shipbuilding (1856-69)

By Alexandre Sheldon-Duplaix

This article covers the relatively unknown Charles Pigeard who was the first key informant (unofficially from 1856, officially from 1860) on British naval developments for French naval ministers and the chief constructor Dupuy de Lôme over a period of ten years. Some of his letters can be found in the private papers of rear-Admiral de […] Read More

Filed under: American Civil War | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

The Whole Character of Maritime Life: British Reactions to the USS Monitor and the American Ironclad Experience

By Howard J. Fuller

This paper examines the reactions of the British Government, the Royal Navy and the general population of Great Britain to the success of the USS Monitor in the American Civil War. Its controversial design and success opened debate in the United Kingdom as to the future design of British warships and their future role in […] Read More

Filed under: American Civil War
Subjects include: Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

The Agrippina, Tender to the CSS Alabama

By Peter Barton

The barque Agrippina acted as a supply ship to the Confederate cruiser Alabama from July 1862 to September 1863. Launched in 1834 at the J. & R. Tindall yard, Scarborough, she worked in diverse commodity trades around the world before being purchased by Archibald Hamilton, a sympathiser with the Confederate cause.  They needed a ship […] Read More

Filed under: American Civil War
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

The First Blockade Runner and ‘Another Alabama’. Some Tees and Hartlepool Ships that Worried the Union

By Peter Barton

A great deal has been written about the British blockade runners during the American Civil War. Much of this has focussed on the contribution of Liverpool and the west coast. This article presents short histories of seventeen ships, built or owned by north-east coast merchants, which were involved, implicated in,  or intended for, blockade running. […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | American Civil War
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Shipbuilding & Design

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