Gunsmoke Over the Atlantic: First Naval Actions of the Civil War
On April 12, 1861, the Civil War began when shots were fired on an unfinished fort in Charleston Harbor. From that thunderous opening salvo, the naval battles to control the Atlantic coast that followed–daring, savage, and often deadly–were not only crucial in determining the outcome of the war and the fate of a nation, but would change the face of naval warfare forever.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Bantam
(first published 2002)
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This book is part of a trilogy that covers the naval war on the Mississippi River, Gulf of Mexico and along the Atlantic coast. It's a good overview for people who don't want to read a detailed history. The captures of Hatteras Inlet, Roanoke Island and Port Royal are often treated as minor sidelights but they were necessary in order for the Union to have naval bases to support their blockade of Charleston, Wilmington and Savannah. Plus these Union victories came after the Union's defeats at Fir...more