What maritime firsts or naval warfare advances during the Civil War are important to you? Why?
I have a very interesting and a very great response to this question. But due to the fact I’m working on my first piece to submit to ECW blog concerning this very question I can’t answer it for I’ll be giving away my essay. Sorry about the tease everyone, but hopefully it will only stir your curiosity even more to read the piece which should be done in a week or two. I know many if not most of you are wondering why I bothered writing this at all, well there’s a little PT Barnum and all of us, and I want my I essay to fulfill the hole I hopefully put in your curiosity. I know this could be perceived as slightly mean, but like all great artists Showmanship is part of the game!!! God bless you all and may the grace of God follow you throughout your daily trials.
Great idea Jeffrey!!!
Most important for me are the unofficial “Army-Navy brown-water operations” concepts developed between Grant, Foote, Porter, Pope and others along the Mississippi, Tennessee and Cumberland in 1862-63. Personal relationships and some flexibility (finally) from both War and Navy Departments made up for the absence of any official joint commanding authority (below President Lincoln) to synchronize the two services and win campaigns along the great rivers.
I agree on the significance of this. I also would point to the related subject of amphibious operations, primarily in Burnside;’s NC campaign.
That was a great and well-worded answer mr. David. The help the brown Water Navy gave in the western theater is so underrated, and it was all possible because as you noted the relationships Grant and Porter and everyone developed working together. I could not have said it better myself great job
The development and advancement of naval gun turrets. The USS Monitor was the first American vessel so fitted. Also, in efforts to present the smallest possible target for an enemy to lock onto, the designers of the Monitor made significant steps forward in the art and science of ‘stealth’.
I would have to say the Hunley. I’m not sure if it had any influence on the designs of submarines used in WW1 and afterwards, since it wasn’t raised from the ocean floor until 2000, but it proved that submersible vehicles could be used to sink surface ships and changed naval warfare forever. Being a former submariner myself and after seeing the Hunley in person, I am fascinated by its design and small size.
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