Civil War Navy Bibliography


[David G. Farragut]
Union Admiral David Glasgow Farragut

Following is a listing of books that I've used in my study (along with the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, of course). An asterisk (*) indicates a book in my possession. A Diamond () indicates the book is particularly recommended (IMHO).

Last updated on 13 March 2003.

* Amadon, George F. Rise of the Ironclads. Missoula MT: Pictorial Histories Publishing, 1988.

* Ammen, Daniel. The Atlantic Coast. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1883. Reprint by Broadfoot Publishing, Wilmington NC, 1989.

* Anderson, Bern. By Sea and By River: The Naval History of the Civil War. New York: Knopf, 1962. Reprint by Da Capo, 1989.

* Baxter, James Phinney III. The Introduction of the Ironclad Warship. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press, 1933. Reprint by Archon Books, 1968.

* Bearss, Edwin C. The Fall of Fort Henry. Dover TN: Eastern National Park and Monument Association, 1989.

* ______________. Hardluck Ironclad. Baton Rouge LA: Louisiana State University Press, 1966. Revised edition, 1980.

* ______________. River of Lost Opportunities: The Civil War on the James River, 1861-1862. Lynchburg VA: H.E. Howard, 1995.

* Bernath, Stuart L. Squall Across the Atlantic: American Civil War Prize Cases and Diplomacy. Berkeley CA: University of California Press, 1970.

* Bradford, James C. (ed.) Captains of the Old Steam Navy: Makers of the American Naval Tradition 1840-1880. Annapolis MD: United States Naval Institute, 1986.

* Breyer, Sigfried. Battleships and Battlecruisers 1905-1970. (English ed.) Garden City NY: Doubleday, 1973. Original title: Schlachtschiffe und Schlachtkreuzer 1905-1970, published by J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, Munich.

* Bright, Leslie S., William H. Rowland, and James C. Bardon. CSS Neuse: A Question of Iron and Time. Raleigh NC: North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, Division of Archives and History, 1981.

* Brooksher, William Riley. War Along the Bayous: The 1864 Red River Campaign in Louisiana. Washington DC: Brassey's, 1998.

* Browning, Robert M., Jr. From Cape Charles to Cape Fear: The North Atlantic Blockading Squadron in the Civil War. Tuscaloosa AL: University of Alabama Press, 1993.

* __________________. Success Is All That Was Expected: The South Atlantic Blockading Squadron During the Civil War. Washington, DC: Brassey's, 2002.

* Bulloch, James D. The Secret Service of the Confederate States in Europe (2 vols). Originally published Liverpool, 1883; reprint by New York: Thomas Yoseloff, 1959.

* Burton, E. Milby. The Siege of Charleston 1861-1865. Columbia SC: University of South Carolina Press, 1970.

Calore, Paul. Naval Campaigns of the Civil War. Jefferson NC: McFarland & Co., 2002.

* Campbell, R. Thomas. The CSS Hunley: Confederate Submarine. Shippensburg PA: Burd Street Press, 2000.

*________________. Gray Thunder: Exploits of the Confederate States Navy. Shippensburg PA: Burd Street Press, 1996.

* ________________. Southern Thunder: Exploits of the Confederate States Navy. Shippensburg PA: Burd Street Press, 1996.

* ________________. Southern Fire: Exploits of the Confederate States Navy. Shippensburg PA: Burd Street Press, 1997.

* ________________. Fire and Thunder: Exploits of the Confederate States Navy. Shippensburg PA: Burd Street Press, 1997.

* Canney, Donald L. Lincoln's Navy: The Ships, Men and Organization, 1861-65. Annapolis MD: Naval Institute Press, 1998.

* ________________. The Old Steam Navy, Volume 1: Frigates, Sloops, and Gunboats, 1815-1885. Annapolis MD: Naval Institute Press, 1990.

* ________________. The Old Steam Navy, Volume 2: The Ironclads, 1842-1885. Annapolis MD: Naval Institute Press, 1993.

* Chaitin, Peter M. The Coastal War: Chesapeake to Rio Grande. Alexandria VA: Time-Life Books, 1984.

* Carse, Robert. Blockade: The Civil War at Sea. New York: Rinehart & Co., 1958.

* Carter, Samuel III. The Final Fortress: The Campaign for Vicksburg 1862-1863. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1980.

* Chesneau, Roger and Eugene M. Kolesnik (eds.). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860-1905. London: Conway Maritime Press, 1979.

* Cochran, Hamilton. Blockade Runners of the Confederacy. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Co., 1958.

* Cogar, William B. Dictionary of Admirals of the U.S. Navy, Volume 1: 1862-1900. Annapolis MD: Naval Institute Press, 1989.

* Cooling, Benjamin Franklin. Forts Henry and Donelson: The Key to the Confederate Heartland. Knoxville TN: University of Tennessee Press, 1987.

* Coombe, Jack D. Gunfire Around the Gulf: The Last Major Naval Campaigns of the Civil War. New York: Bantam Books, 1999.

* ______________. Gunsmoke Over the Atlantic: First Naval Actions of the Civil War. New York: Bantam Books, 2002.

* ______________. Thunder Along the Mississippi: The River Battles that Split the Confederacy. New York: Sarpedon, 1996.

Cooney, David M. A Chronology of the U.S. Navy 1775-1965. New York: Franklin Watts, 1965.

* Cornish, Dudley Taylor and Virginia Jeans Laas. Lincoln's Lee: The Life of Samuel Phillips Lee, United States Navy, 1812-1897. Lawrence KS: University Press of Kansas, 1986.

* Coski, John M. Capital Navy: The Men, Ships and Operations of the James River Squadron. Campbell CA: Savas Woodbury, 1996.

Courtemanche, Regis A. No Need of Glory: The British Navy in American Waters, 1860-1864. Annapolis MD: Naval Institute Press, 1977.

* Cussler, Clive and Craig Dirgo. The Sea Hunters: True Adventures with Famous Shipwrecks. New York: Pocket Star Books, 1996.

* Daly, R.W. How the Merrimac Won. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1957.

* Daniel, Larry J. and Lynn N. Bock. Island No. 10: Struggle for the Mississippi Valley. Tuscaloosa AL: University of Alabama Press, 1996.

Davis, Burke. The Civil War: Strange & Fascinating Facts. New York: Wing Books, 1982.

* Davis, George B., et. al. Introduction by Richard Sommers. The Official Military Atlas of the Civil War. Originally published by Government Printing Office, 1891; reprint New York: Gramercy Books, 1983.

* Davis, William C. Duel Between the First Ironclads. Garden City NY: Doubleday, 1975.

* deKay, James Tertius. Monitor. New York: Walker and Co., 1997.

_________________. The Rebel Raiders: The Astonishing History of the Confederacy's Secret Navy. New York: Ballantine Books, 2002.

* Donovan, Frank R. Ironclads of the Civil War. New York: American Heritage Publishing, 1964.

* Duffy, James P. Lincoln's Admiral: The Civil War Campaigns of David G. Farragut. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1997.

* Durkin, Joseph T. Confederate Navy Chief: Stephen R. Mallory. Chapel Hill NC: University of Noth Carolina Press, 1954. Reprint by University of South Carolina Press, Columbia SC, 1987.

* Edmonds, David C. The Guns of Port Hudson. Lafayette LA: Acadiana Press, 1983.

* Elliott, Robert G. Ironclad of the Roanoke: Gilbert Elliott's Albemarle. Shippensburg PA: White Mane, 1994.

* Fonvielle, Chris E., Jr. The Wilmington Campaign: Last Rays of Departing Hope. Campbell CA: Savas Publishing, 1997.

*________________. Fort Anderson: Battle for Wilmington. Mason City IA: Savas Publishing, 1999.

* Fowler, William M., Jr. Under Two Flags: The American Navy in the Civil War. New York: Avon Books, 1990.

* Friedman, Norman. U.S. Battleships: An Illustrated Design History. Annapolis MD: Naval Institute Press, 1985.

* Gardiner, Robert (ed.). Steam, Steel, & Shellfire: The Steam Warship, 1815-1905. Edison NJ: Chartwell Books, 2001.

* Gibbons, Tony. Warships and Naval Battles of the Civil War. New York: W.H. Smith, 1989.

* Gibson, Charles Dana and E. Kay Gibson. Assault and Logistics: Union Army Costal and River Operations, 1861-1866. Camden, ME: Ensign Press, 1995.

* ________________________________. Dictionary of Transports and Combatant Vessels, Steam and Sail, Employed by the Union Army, 1861-1868. Camden, ME: Ensign Press, 1995.

* Gosnell, H. Allen. Guns on the Western Waters. Baton Rouge LA: Louisiana State University Press, 1949. Reprint by Louisiana State University Press, 1993.

* Grattan, John W. Edited by Robert J, Schneller, Jr. Under the Blue Pennant: Notes of a Naval Officer, 1863-1865. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1999.

* Greene, Francis Vinton. The Mississippi. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1884.

* Greene, Jack and Alessandro Massignani. Ironclads at War: The Origin and Development of the Armored Warship, 1854-1891. Conshohocken PA: Combined Books, 1998.

* Hackemer, Kurt. The U.S. Navy and the Origins of the Military-Industrial Complex, 1847-1883. Annapolis MD: Naval Institute Press, 2001.

* Hamersly, Lewis Randolph. List of Officers of the U.S. Navy and of the Marine Corps, 1775-1900. New York: L.R. Hamersly & Co., 1901. Reprint by Olde Soldier Books, Gaithersburg MD.

* _____________________. The Records of Living Officers of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, 1861-1865. Philadelphia PA: J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1870. Reprint by J.M. Carroll & Co., Mattituck NY.

* _____________________. The Records of Living Officers of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, 1894. Philadelphia PA: J.B. Rodgers, 1894.

* Hearn, Chester G. Mobile Bay and the Mobile Campaign. Jefferson NC: McFarland & Co., 1993.

* ______________. The Capture of New Orleans, 1862. Baton Rouge LA: Louisiana State University Press, 1995.

* ______________. Gray Raiders of the Sea. Baton Rouge LA: Louisiana State University Press, 1992.

* ______________. Ellet's Brigade: The Strangest Outfit of All. Baton Rouge LA: Louisiana State University Press, 2000.

* ______________. Admiral David Dixon Porter: The Civil War Years. Annapolis MD: Naval Institute Press, 1996.

* ______________. Admiral David Glasgow Farragut: The Civil War Years. Annapolis MD: Naval Institute Press, 1998.

* ______________. Rebels and Yankees: Naval Battles of the Civil War. San Diego CA: Thunder Bay Press, 2000.

* Hemphill, James E. Beneath the Waters: A Guide to Civil War Shipwrecks. Shippensburg PA: Burd Street Press, 1998.

Hicks, Briand and Schuyler Kropf. Raising the Hunley. New York: Ballantine Books, 2002.

* Hill, Jim Dan. Sea Dogs of the Sixties. Minneapolis MN: University of Minnesota, 1935. Reprint by New York: A.S. Barnes & Company, 1961.

* Hill, Richard. War at Sea in the Ironclad Age. London: Cassell and Co., 2000.

Hoehling, A.A. Damn the Torpedoes! Naval Incidents of the Civil War. Winston-Salem, NC: John F. Blair, 1989.

___________. Thunder at Hampton Roads. Englewood Cliffs NJ: Prentice Hall, 1976.

* Hosmer, James K. A Short History of the Mississippi Valley. New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Co., 1902.

* Howarth, Stephen. To Shining Sea: A History of the United States Navy, 1775-1998. Norman OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1999.

Hunt, Aurora. The Army of the Pacific. Glendale CA: Arthur H. Clark, 1951.

* Hunter, Alvah F. Edited by Craig L. Symonds. A Year on a Monitor and the Destruction of Fort Sumter. Columbia SC: University of South Carolina, 1987.

* Hunter, Louis C. Steamboats on the Western Rivers. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press, 1949. Reprint by New York: Dover Books, 1993.

* Johnson, Robert Erwin. Rear Admiral John Rodgers, 1812-1882. Anapolis MD: Naval Institute Press, 1967.

* Johnson, Robert U. and Clarence C. Buel, eds. Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. (4 vols.) New York: Century Magazine, 1887. Reprint Secaucus NJ: Castle Books.

* Jones, Virgil Carrington. The Civil War at Sea (3 vols). New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1960. Reprint by Broadfoot Publishing, 1990.

* Konstam, Angus. Confederate Ironclad, 1861-65. Ill. by Tony Bryan. New Vanguard 41. Oxford, UK: Osprey Publishing, 2001.

* _____________. Mississippi River Gunboats of the American Civil War, 1861-65. Ill. by Tony Bryan. New Vanguard 49. Oxford, UK: Osprey Publishing, 2002.

* _____________. Union Monitor, 1861-65. Ill. by Tony Bryan. New Vanguard 45. Oxford, UK: Osprey Publishing, 2002.

* _____________. Union River Ironclad, 1861-65. Ill. by Tony Bryan. New Vanguard 56. Oxford, UK: Osprey Publishing, 2002.

* Korn, Jerry. War on the Mississippi: Grant's Vicksburg Campaign. Alexandria VA: Time-Life Books, 1985.

* Lambert, Andrew (ed). Steam, Steel & Shellfire: The Steam Warship, 1815-1905. Edison NJ: Chartwell Books, 2001. Originally published by Conway Maritime Press, 1992.

Lossing, Benson J. Matthew Brady's Illustrated History of the Civil War. War Memorial Association, 1912.

* Luraghi, Raimondo. A History of the Confederate Navy. Annapolis MD: Naval Institute Press, 1996. Translated by Paolo E. Coletta. Originally published in Italian as Marinai del Sud: Storia della Marina confederata nella Guerra Civile Americana, 1861-1865 by Rizzoli in 1993.

* Macartney, Clarence Edward. Mr. Lincoln's Admirals. New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1956.

MacBride, Robert. Civil War Ironclads: The Dawn of Naval Armor. Philadelphia: Chilton Books, 1962.

* McPherson, James M. and Patricia R. McPherson. Lamson of the Gettysburg. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.

* Mahan, Alfred T. The Gulf and Inland Waters. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1883. Reprint by Broadfoot Publishing, Wilmington NC, 1989. '

* ____________. The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, 1660-1783. New York: Little, Brown and Co., 1894. Reprint by Dover Publications, New York, 1987.

* ____________. Mahan on Naval Warfare. Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1941. Reprint by Dover Publications, Mienola NY, 1999.

* Mahin, Dean B. One War at a Time: The International Dimensions of the American Civil War. Washington, DC: Brassey's, 1999.

* Marshall, Chris (ed). The Encyclopedia of Ships. New York: Barnes & Noble, 1985.

* Marvel, William. The Alabama and the Kearsarge: The Sailor's Civil War. Chapel Hill NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1996.

* Marvel, William (ed). The Monitor Chronicles. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000.

* May, Robert E. (ed). The Union, the Confederacy, and the Atlantic Rim. West Lafayette IN: Purdue University Press, 1995.

* Melton, Maurice. The Confederate Ironclads. New York: Thomas Yoseloff, 1968.

* Merrill, James M. Battle Flags South. Cranbury NJ: Associated University Presses, 1970.

* _____________. Du Pont: The Making of an Admiral. New York: Dodd, Mead & Co., 1986.

* _____________. The Rebel Shore. Boston MA: Little, Brown, 1957.

* Miller, Edward M. USS Monitor: The Ship That Launched a Modern Navy. Annapolis MD: Leeward Publications, 1978.

* Miller, Edward Stokes. Civil War Sea Battles. Conshohocken PA: Combined Books, 1995.

* Miller, Francis Trevelyan (ed.) The Photographic History of the Civil War: VI The Navies. New York: Castle Books, 1911. Reprint by Thomas Yoseloff, 1957.

* Milligan, John D. Gunboats Down the Mississippi. Annapolis MD: United States Naval Institute, 1965.

* Moebs, Thomas Truxtun. Confederate States Navy Research Guide. Williamsburg VA: Moebs Publishing Company, 1991.

Mokin, Arthur. Ironclad: The Monitor & the Merrimack. Novato CA: Presidio Press, 1991.

* Musicant, Ivan. Divided Waters: The Naval History of the Civil War. New York: Harper Collins, 1995.

* Naval History Division, U.S. Navy. Civil War Naval Chronology 1861-1865. Washington DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1971.

__________________________. Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Washington DC: Navy Department, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, 1959-91. Consulted via World Wide Web at Haze Gray & Underway website.

* Nevin, David. The Road to Shiloh: Early Battles in the West. Alexandria VA: Time-Life Books, 1983.

* Page, Dave. Ships versus Shore. Nashville TN: Rutledge Hill Press, 1994.

* Parker, William Harwar. Recollections of a Naval Officer 1841-1865. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1883. Reprint by Naval Institute Press, Annapolis MD, 1985.

* Parrish, Tom Z. The Saga of the Confederate Ram Arkansas. Hillsboro TX: Hill College Press, 1987.

* Porter, David D. Incidents and Anecdotes of the Civil War. New York: D. Appleton and Co, 1885. Reprint Harrisburg PA: The Archive Society, 1997.

* _______________. The Naval History of the Civil War. New York: Sherman Publishing, 1886. Reprint Secaucus NJ: Castle Books, 1984.

* Pratt, Fletcher. Civil War on Western Waters. New York: Henry Holt, 1956.

* ___________. The Monitor and the Merrimac and Other Naval Battles. New York: Random House, 1951.

* Reed, Rowena. Combined Operations in the Civil War. Annapolis MD: Naval Institute Press, 1958. Reprint by University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln NE, 1993.

* Ringle, Dennis J. Life in Mr. Lincoln's Navy. Annapolis MD: Naval Institute Press, 1998.

* Roberts, William H. USS New Ironsides in the Civil War. Annapolis MD: Naval Institute Press, 1999.

_______________. Civil War Ironclads: The U.S. Navy and Industrial Mobilization. Baltimore MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002.

Roscoe, Theodore and Fred Freeman. Picture History of the U.S. Navy. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1956.

* Roske, Ralph J. and Charles Van Doren. Lincoln's Commando: The Biography of Cdr. William B. Cushing, USN. New York: Harper Collins, 1957. Reprint by Naval Institute Press, Annapolis MD, 1995.

* Rye, Scott. Men & Ships of the Civil War. Stamford CT: Longmeadow Press, 1995.

* Scharf, J. Thomas. History of the Confederate States Navy, from its Organization to the Surrender of its Last Vessel. Baltimore MD, 1887. Reprint by Fairfax Press, New York, 1977.

* Schneller, Robert J., Jr. A Quest for Glory: A Biography of Rear Admiral John A. Dahlgren. Annapolis MD: Naval Institute Press, 1986.

* Selfridge, Thomas O., Jr. What Finer Tradition. New York: Knickerbocker Press, 1924. Reprint by University of South Carolina, 1987.

* Shingleton, Royce G. John Taylor Wood: Sea Ghost of the Confederacy. Athens GA: University of Georgia Press, 1979.

Sifakis, Stewart (ed.) Who was Who in the Civil War. New York: Facts on File, 1988.

* Silverstone, Paul H. Warships of the Civil War Navies. Annapolis MD: Naval Institute Press, 1989.

* ______________. Civil War Navies, 1855-1883. Annapolis MD: Naval Institute Press, 2001.

* Simson, Jay W. Naval Strategies of the Civil War. Nashville TN: Cumberland House, 2001.

* Slagle, Jay. Ironclad Captain: Seth Ledyard Phelps and the U.S. Navy, 1841-1864. Kent OH: Kent State University Press, 1996.

* Smith, Derek. Civil War Savannah. Savannah GA: Frederic C. Beil, 1997.

* Soley, James Russell. The Blockade and the Cruisers. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1887. Reprint by Broadfoot Publishing, Wilmington NC, 1989.

Spears, John R. The History of Our Navy. Vol. 4 of 4. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1897.

* Spencer, Warren F. The Confederate Navy in Europe. University AL: University of Alabama Press, 1983.

* Sprunt, James. Edited by Cornelius M.D. Thomas. Tales of the Cape Fear Blockade, 1862-1865. Originally privately printed 1896; reprint Winnabow NC: Charles Towne Preservation Trust, 1960.

* Stern, Philip Van Doren. The Confederate Navy: A Pictorial History. Garden City NY: Doubleday, 1962. Reprint by Da Capo Press, 1992.

* Still, William N., Jr. Iron Afloat: The Story of the Confederate Armorclads. (2nd ed.) Columbia SC: University of South Carolina, 1985.

* Still, William N., Jr., John M. Taylor, and Norman C. Delaney. Raiders and Blockaders: The American Civil War Afloat. Washington DC: Brassey's, 1998.

* Still, William N., Jr. (ed.) The Confederate Navy: The Ships, Men and Organization, 1861-65. Annapolis MD: Naval Institute Press, 1997.

* Surdam, David G. Northern Naval Superiority and the Economics of the American Civil War. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina, 2001.

* Symonds, Craig L. Confederate Admiral: The Life and Wars of Franklin Buchanan. Annapolis MD: Naval Institute Press, 1999.

* Taylor, Thomas E.. Running the Blockade: A Personal Narrative of Adventures, Risks, and Escapes during the American Civil War. London: John Murray, 1896. Reprint Annapolis MD: Naval Institute Press, 1995.

* Thompson, M.S. (ed.) General Orders and Circulars Issued by the Navy Department from 1863 to 1887. Washington DC: Government Printing Office, 1887.

* Time-Life Books. The Blockade: Runners and Raiders. Alexandria VA: Time-Life Books, 1983.

* Trotter, William R. Ironclads and Columbiads: The Civil War in North Carolina: The Coast. Winston-Salem NC: John F. Blair, 1989.

* Tucker, Spencer. Andrew Foote: Civil War Admiral on Western Waters. Annapolis MD: Naval Institute Press, 2000.

* _____________. Arming the Fleet: U.S. Navy Ordnance in the Muzzle-Loading Era. Annapolis MD: Naval Institute Press, 1989.

* Walke, Henry. Naval Scenes and Reminiscences of the Civil War in the United States. New York: F.R. Reed & Company, 1877.

* Way, Frederick, Jr. Way's Packet Directory 1848-1994. Revised edition. Athens OH: Ohio University, 1994.

* Werlich, David P. Admiral of the Amazon: John Randolph Tucker. Charlottesville VA: University Press of Virginia, 1990.

* West, Richard S., Jr. Gideon Welles: Lincoln's Navy Department. Indianapolis IN: Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1943.

* _______________. Mr. Lincoln's Navy. New York: Longmans, Green and Co., 1957.

* Wheeler, Richard. The Siege of Vicksburg. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Co., 1978.

* Wideman, John C. Civil War Chronicles: Naval Warfare-- Courage and Combat on the Water. New York: Metro Books, 1997.

* Wilkinson, John. The Narrative of a Blockade-Runner. New York: Sheldon and Company, 1877. Reprinted Alexandria VA: Time-Life Books, 1984.

* Williams, Edward F., III. Confederate Victories at Fort Pillow. Memphis TN: Nathan Bedford Forrest Trail Committee, 1984.

* Wilson, H.W. Ironclads in Action. Boston MA: Little, Brown and Co., 1896.

* Wise, Stephen R. Lifeline of the Confederacy: Blockade Running During the Civil War. Columbia SC: University of South Carolina Press, 1988.

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