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Gunsmoke Over the Atlantic
First Naval Actions of the Civil War
Written by Jack Coombe

Gunsmoke Over the Atlantic
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Category: History - United States - Civil War Period (1850-1877)
Imprint: Bantam
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: April 2003
Price: $13.95
Can. Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38073-6 (0-553-38073-7)
Pages: 288
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From acclaimed historian and author Jack D. Coombe, Gunsmoke Over the Atlantic is an extensive new account of the first naval battles of the Civil War. Coombe begins with President Lincoln’s 1861 proclamation of a blockade across southern ports and waterways–a blockade that covered 3,500 miles of coastline, nearly 200 harbors, and rivers from Virginia to Texas. He then examines the ensuing history of confrontations between the Union Navy and blockade-runners bolstered by a makeshift, but dangerous, fleet of Confederate warships. Throughout, specific details of each battle are addressed and new information is provided on many of the east coast battles that took place. Coombe also offers a fresh look at some of the Civil War’s best-known events: the epic battle between Monitor and the Virginia (formerly the U.S.S. Merrimac); the birth of Hunley, the first successful submarine; and the climactic struggle to capture the Confederate stronghold at Fort Fisher, North Carolina. With up-to-date data from the recovery program of the Confederate submarine, Hunley, and including numerous maps and photos, this landmark in Civil War literature is a must-read for all students of American, Military, and Civil War History.

"...a valuable introduction to an important and often neglected aspect of the [Civil] war."—Booklist (American Library Association)

"The narrative is lively and engaging....The bibliography, which includes both primary and secondary sources, is extensive and impressive."—Library Journal



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 
JACK D. COOMBE is the author of Gunfire Around the Gulf and Thunder Along the Mississippi, which was nominated for the Fletcher Pratt Award.


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