The American Civil War: A Handbook of Literature and Research

By Robin Higham; Steven E. Woodworth | Go to book overview
Save to active project

27 Leadership--Union Naval Officers

Thomas J. Legg

Naval historians continually state that the naval history of the Civil War and the stories of the men who fought it have been sorely neglected. This may indeed be true if the literature of the land war is used as the measuring stick. By most standards, however, a survey of the existing literature, including periodicals, shows that the some 100,000 men who served in the Union navy (about 5 percent of the number in the Union army) are well represented in both the quality and quantity of scholarship.


BIOGRAPHICAL ESSAY COLLECTIONS

The most fruitful place to begin an exploration of the lives and careers of Union naval officers is with the recent, and by far the best, collection of biographical essays on Civil War-era navy officers. Editor James C. Bradford Captains of the Old Steam Navy ( 1986), one of the Naval Institute Press's Makers of Naval Tradition series, contains thirteen twenty- to thirty-page analytical essays on some of the Civil War's most prominent naval officers, both Union and Confederate. The nine Union officers detailed are John Dahlgren, Samuel DuPont, David Farragut, Andrew Foote, Benjamin Isherwood, David Porter, John Rodgers, Robert Shufeldt, and Charles Wilkes. In addition to placing these men into the broader context of the great changes that navies around the world were undergoing in the mid-nineteenth century, among the many strengths of the volume--which includes appropriate illustrations and maps--are the individual bibliographic essays for each of the subjects, plus a general bibliography pertaining to the nineteenth-century U.S. Navy.

-357-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
The American Civil War: A Handbook of Literature and Research
Table of contents

Table of contents

Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen
/ 756

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?