Category Navy

How the South’s European Spymaster Built a Formidable Fleet That Challenged Union Naval Power

This article is from the January, 2021 issue of American History magazine. “Georgia native James Dunwoody Bulloch was of average height and build, with a slightly receding hairline atop bushy sideburns. However, Bulloch walked big. At night, as he stalked the cobbled streets of Liverpool, England, during the American Civil War, Bulloch’s emphatic footfalls made […]

Lessons Learned from the Battle of Mobile Bay in 1864

This article comes to us from the September, 2021 issue of Military History magazine. “By the summer of 1864 the three-year Union naval campaign to blockade Southern ports and choke off the Confederacy was at its zenith. Mobile, Ala., was one of only two major ports—along with Wilmington, N.C.—left to the Rebels. Tennessee-born David Glasgow Farragut […]

Winter Lecture Series 2023: George Dewey and the American Civil War

Here’s Ranger Karlton Smith giving a winter lecture on the future Commodore George Dewey of Manila Bay and his participation in the Civil War. The video’s description reads, “This program will explore the Civil War career of future admiral and victor of Manila Bay George Dewey. Join Ranger Karlton Smith and track Dewey’s experiences from […]

GNMP Winter Lecture 2022 – “Old Buck” The Life and Career of Admiral Franklin Buchanan, CSN

Here’s Karlton Smith giving a presentation on Franklin Buchanan, who was the first captain of the CSS Virginia. He has a ton of good information in this presentation. The video’s description reads, “Join Ranger Karlton Smith as he examines the U. S. Navy career of Franklin Buchanan. After making the decision to resign in 1861, […]

Civil War Naval Warfare

This is Professor Laura June Davis of Southern Utah University delivering an excellent lecture on Naval Warfare and guerrilla warfare in the Civil War. The video’s description reads, “Southern Utah University professor Laura June Davis taught a class about Civil War naval warfare. She highlighted instances of guerrilla attacks on U.S waterways and described pro-Confederate sympathizers who sabotaged Union vessels.” […]

Civil War Naval Leadership

Here’s Professor Craig Symonds giving another outstanding presentation at the 2021 Pamplin Park symposium. The video’s description reads, “U. S. Naval Academy professor emeritus Craig Symonds talked about Civil War naval leadership, which included Union Admiral David Farragut, who he compared to World War II Admiral Chester Nimitz. This program was part of the annual Pamplin Historical Park Civil War Symposium.” […]

CWTR Episode 1805: Campaign for the Confederate Coast: Blockading, Blockade Running and Related Endeavors During the American Civil War

Here’s a pretty good conversation between host Professor Gerald Prokopowicz and his guest, Gil Hahn, on the blockade and blockade running based on Mr. Hahn’s book, Campaign for the Confederate Coast.

Thunder Along the Mississippi

This book by journalist and novelist Jack D. Coombe looks at the riverine war fought in what we today call the Midwest. In telling us why he wrote the book, Mr. Coombe writes, “I have always been of the opinion that there should be an up-to-date, intimate look at the young navy, especially in the […]

Confederate Boat Burners on the Mississippi

Here’s Professor Laura June Davis giving a really good talk on confederate boat burners and naval guerrillas on the Mississippi River near the end of the Civil War. The video’s description reads, “Southern Utah University Professor Laura June Davis talked about Confederate boat burners and naval guerrilla action on the lower Mississippi River during the last […]

1865 Black Diamond Naval Disaster

This is Karen Stone speaking with Jake Wynn of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine about the sinking of the Black Diamond. The video’s description reads, “In late-April 1865, with the Civil War drawing to a close, the barge Black Diamond sank following a nighttime collision on the lower Potomac River with a steamer loaded with Union troops. […]