A Dog Before a Soldier
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The "almost-lost" episodes in "A Dog Before a Soldier" are not rehashes of the big naval engagements of the Civil War. In fact, with the exception of the chapter on McDougal at Shimonoséki--which is well-known only in naval circles--all of the stories present either totally new research or a unique naval perspective on a known battle. As such, they have never been told before. If you are looking for an overview of the naval side of the war or a treatment of Mobile Bay, the Head of Passes, Vicksburg, Fort Fisher, Kearsarge & Alabama, or the Battle of the Ironclads, this is not the book you want. This is the history that took place "in the cracks" between those major events.
However, while each of the chapters in this book tells a unique and exciting story, when taken together they also illustrate some of the many roles played by the U.S. Navy in the Civil War. This is an important part of American history that is largely unsung, and the modern public is almost entirely ignorant of what the sailors and marines did in those four terrible years. Far from being the "junior partner" that many in the Army considered them, Navy warships--singly, in small squadrons, and great fleets--played a critical role in the Union victory. Without them, the war could easily have ended in favor of the Confederacy. This fact was recognized at the time by people in the South, but has been lost over the decades until it is now received wisdom that the Navy was more a feature than a factor in the war. Nothing could be further from the truth. The last chapter of this book makes this argument, and serves as a summation of what the preceding chapters represent. Like all of the other stories, it is comprised of hard facts and the opinions of the people who experienced the war first-hand.
Titel: A Dog Before a Soldier
Einband: Soft cover
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