For generations, Civil War military history has focused heavily on the land war, the big battles and on the heroes of the Union and Confederate armies. But the neglected story of the war’s landmark naval engagements, and its great naval heroes, ranks among the most compelling and dramatic in American history. Through both technology and old-fashioned gallantry, on oceans and rivers alike, at places like Hampton Roads, New Orleans, Mobile Bay and even Cherbourg, France, commanders like Farragut, Porter and Semmes changed the course of the war. Now three prize-winning Civil War historians give the naval war the overdue attention it deserves.
James M. McPherson is the George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History Emeritus at Princeton University and a Pulitzer Prize-winning author. He is now at work on a history of the Civil War at sea. Craig L. Symonds is Professor Emeritus at the U.S. Naval Academy, a leading Civil War and naval historian and winner of the Lincoln Prize for his book Lincoln and His Admirals. Harold Holzer (moderator), winner of the National Humanities Medal, is the author, coauthor or editor of 41 books, including Lincoln on War.
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