Tag Archives: maritime history

Book Review: Destruction of the Steamboat Sultana

Gene Eric Salecker’s Destruction of the Steamboat Sultana: The Worst Maritime Disaster in American History is a combination of modern and historical who-done-it writing. It is as good as it gets! This book, at first glance, is a carefully researched discussion of the … Continue reading

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Perpetual Beacons? Lighthouses & The Civil War

During a political campaign speech in 1860, John C. Breckinridge — the current vice presidential and one of the Democratic Party’s candidates for the executive office — addressed rumors that circulated about him and his views on slavery and states … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 3/12-3/18/18

What maritime firsts or naval warfare advances during the Civil War are important to you? Why?

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Slaves and Sailors in the Civil War

The enlistment of African Americans as soldiers in the United States Army during the Civil War is a well-examined topic, but less appreciated is the story of freedmen and former slaves as sailors in the navy. Wartime experiences of these … Continue reading

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