The land engagements of the American Civil War are thoroughly documented in the annals of history, and many scholars have examined their significance in the outcome of the conflict. But much less attention has been given to the battles waged on the water—clashes that were just as critical in determining the eventual direction of the United States.
Long overlooked in favor of land engagements, this is the first encyclopedia to analyze the naval aspects of the American Civil War.
The brilliance of both sides' secretaries of the navy, Stephen Mallory and Gideon Welles. The Dahlgren guns of the Union forces and the Confederate Navy's Brooke guns that were essential in battles involving ironclad ships. The significant contributions of African Americans in the ship crews of the U.S. Navy during the Civic War. These are examples of the fascinating details contained in The Civil War Naval Encyclopedia that provide readers with a complete understanding of the naval aspects of the American Civil War.
The entries in this sweeping text provide comprehensive treatment of overall strategies on each side, the role of diplomacy, leading naval officers and other personalities, battles and important engagements, ship types, well-known individual warships, naval ordnance and weapons systems, and new developments such as mines and submarines. Topics such as shipboard life, major waterways, prominent seaports, and the role of logistics in determining the outcome of the war are also covered.
• Introductory essay unifies the material in the encyclopedia, providing an overview of the history of the navies of the American Civil War
• Contains over 450 reference entries, listed alphabetically and with accompanying images
• Chronology provides historical perspective and highlights the most important naval events of the war
• Comprehensive bibliography serves as a gateway to further study
• Extremely instructive for high school and college students, as well as general readers interested in learning the significance of the naval side of the American Civil War
• Elucidates the importance of the individual battles within the Civil War as well as the history of the U.S. Navy in general