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The Gulf and Inland Waters   By: (1840-1914)

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Transcriber's Note: This document is volume three of the series "The Navy in the Civil War". For more information on the series see the advertisement following the index. Inconsistent hyphenation in the original document has been preserved. Obvious typographical errors have been corrected in this text. For a complete list, please see the end of this document.

THE NAVY IN THE CIVIL WAR

THE GULF AND INLAND WATERS

BY A.T. MAHAN CAPTAIN U.S. NAVY

LONDON SAMPSON LOW, MARSTON, & COMPANY, LTD. St. Dunstan's House FETTER LANE, FLEET STREET, E.C. 1898

Copyright, 1883, by Charles Scribner's Sons for the United States of America

Printed by the Trow Directory, Printing and Bookbinding Company New York, U.S.A.

PREFACE.

The narrative in these pages follows chiefly the official reports, and it is believed will not be found to conflict seriously with them. Official reports, however, are liable to errors of statement and especially to the omission of facts, well known to the writer but not always to the reader, the want of which is seriously felt when the attempt is made not only to tell the gross results but to detail the steps that led to them. Such omissions, which are specially frequent in the earlier reports of the Civil War, the author has tried to supply by questions put, principally by letter, to surviving witnesses. A few have neglected to answer, and on those points he has been obliged, with some embarrassment, to depend on his own judgment upon the circumstances of the case; but by far the greater part of the officers addressed, both Union and Confederate, have replied very freely. The number of his correspondents has been too numerous to admit of his thanking them by name, but he begs here to renew to them all the acknowledgments which have already been made to each in person.

A.T.M.

JUNE, 1883.

CONTENTS.

PAGE LIST OF MAPS, ix

CHAPTER I. PRELIMINARY, 1

CHAPTER II. FROM CAIRO TO VICKSBURG, 9

CHAPTER III. FROM THE GULF TO VICKSBURG, 52

CHAPTER IV. THE RECOIL FROM VICKSBURG, 98

CHAPTER V. THE MISSISSIPPI OPENED, 110

CHAPTER VI. MINOR OCCURRENCES IN 1863, 175

CHAPTER VII. TEXAS AND THE RED RIVER, 185

CHAPTER VIII. MOBILE, 218

APPENDIX, 251

INDEX, 255

LIST OF MAPS AND PLANS.

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MISSISSIPPI VALLEY CAIRO TO MEMPHIS, to face 9

MISSISSIPPI VALLEY VICKSBURG TO THE GULF, to face 52

BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS, 74

BATTLE AT VICKSBURG, 92

MISSISSIPPI VALLEY HELENA TO VICKSBURG, to face 115

BATTLE AT GRAND GULF, 159

RED RIVER DAM, 208

BATTLE OF MOBILE BAY, to face 229

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