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Gunsmoke Over the Atlantic: First Naval Actions of the Civil War

by Coombe, Jack D.
Publisher: Bantam Books
Retail Price: $13.95
Issue: Fall 2003
ISBN: 0553380737

The Union's grand strategy at the onset of the war was to encircle and squeeze the Confederacy to death - the Anaconda Plan as coined by Winfield Scott. Crucial to this plan was for the Union navy to blockade Confederate ports on the Eastern Seaboard and the Gulf of Mexico. Coombe, the well regarded author of works of naval history, explores this strategy and chronicles the early individual battles and episodes from participants on both sides. The author contends that the naval tactics and technology employed at this time helped usher in a new era for naval warfare.

review of Gunsmoke Over the Atlantic: First Naval Actions of the Civil War, by Coombe, Jack D., Civil War Book Review, (Fall 2003).