Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Twenty Great Reads on the Civil War Navy

Listed below (in no particular order) are twenty great reads on the Civil War Navy. Topics cover a wide range of subject areas, from general history to biography. This is in no way a definitive list. Please post any other books you like on the Civil War Navy in the comments section.

1. Lincoln and His Admirals – Craig Symonds
2. Vicksburg is the Key – William L. Shea and Terrence J. Winshel
3. Ellet’s Brigade: The Strangest Outfit of All – Chester Hearn
4. The Naval History of the Civil War – David Dixon Porter
5. Gunboats Down the Mississippi – John D. Milligan
6. Duel Between the First Ironclads – William C. Davis
7. By Sea and By River – Bern Anderson
8. Thunder Along the Mississippi – Jack Coombe
9. Union Jacks: Yankee Sailors in the Civil War – Michael Bennett
10. Rebels and Yankees – Chester Hearn
11. Divided Waters – Ivan Musicant
12. Confederate Shipbuilding – William N. Still, Jr.
13. Lincoln’s Admiral: The Civil War Campaigns of David Farragut – James P. Duffy
14. Guns on the Western Waters – Allen Gosnell
15. Battle Flags South – James Merrill
16. The Gulf and Inland Waters – Alfred Thayer Mahan
17. Civil War Ironclads: Dawn of Naval Armor – Robert McBride
18. Commanding Lincoln’s Navy: Union Naval Leadership During the Civil War – Stephen R. Taaffe
19. Confederate Naval Forces on Western Waters – Thomas R. Campbell
20. Slaves, Sailors, Citizens: African Americans in the Union Navy – Stephen J. Ramold

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Introduction and Welcome


This blog is dedicated to discussing and posting events, symposiums, and other activities surrounding the Civil War Navy's 150th anniversary (2011-2015). This blog is in coordination with the Naval History and Heritage Command and the twelve Navy museums in operation around the United States.

Please keep posted on updates to this blog. This blog will be updated once a week. In the future, look for interesting topics and discussions on the Civil War Navy, including book reviews and interviews with members of the museum and academic community.