The naval side of the Civil War was far more than a picturesque battle over vast oceans. Rather, it was a gritty fight involving deadly new technologies, focused primarily on the nation’s rivers — particularly the “Father of Waters,” as Lincoln called the crucial Mississippi. Now two of the nation’s leading military historians — each with a new book on the Civil War navies — re-examine the “inland” war for the divided nation’s waters.
James M. McPherson is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom. His latest book is War on the Waters: The Union and Confederate Navies, 1861-1865. Craig L. Symonds is a leading Civil War and naval historian and the author of The Civil War at Sea. Harold Holzer (moderator) is the author, coauthor or editor of more than 40 books on Lincoln and the Civil War era and a recipient of the National Humanities Medal. His latest book is Emancipating Lincoln.
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