Saturday 16 November 2019
American Civil War Afloat
Published by the Naval Institute Press ISBN 1-59114-882-0
I reckon that for now I have pretty much all the material I need for the naval side of my ACW project. In addition to a couple of titles on the ships and the two volumes by Jack Coombe (Thunder along the Mississippi and Gunfire Around the Gulf) there are also some sections contained in Battles and Leaders and a number of Osprey titles. There is also the Kindle based Gulf and Inland Waters by Mahan - available for free from Project Gutenberg - which is a good read.
Despite all of that I was missing a good overall history of the naval side of the Civil War so when I spotted the above I figured it would be a good way to address this. I can safely say I was not wrong as this book is really rather good.
To give you a flavour here are the contents.
1. The Union and Confederate Navies: Organisation, Personnel and Shipboard Life
2. Resources, Facilities, Warships and Naval Ordnance
3. Union and Confederate Naval Strategies and the Start of the War
4. The Blockade and Early Atlantic Coastal Operations
5. Early Union Riverine Warfare in the West
6. The First Clash of Ironclads
7. Union Operations on the Lower Mississippi: The Capture of New Orleans
8. Union Riverine Warfare Continued: Vicksburg
9. Union Operations against Charleston 1863
10. Unconventional Weapons: The Torpedo and The Submarine
11. The Commerce Raiders
12. The Red River Campaign
13. The End of the War: Coastal Operations
There are also notes, a glossary and an extensive bibliography to support the above which is always useful. As a one volume overview of naval warfare in the American Civil War this certainly ticks all the boxes.
There are a couple of other titles it would be handy to include in the naval section of my ACW library but for now I have more than sufficient to be going on with. I have the models I need and merely need a single packet of MDF bases (currently on order) to crack on with the painting. As far as rules go I have a number of options to explore - some old friends with some newer stuff and the odd homegrown option.
This will be a lot of fun.