What most Americans know about the Civil War centers around Union and Confederate land campaigns. But without the U.S. Navy, the absolutely essential blockade of southern ports could not have prevented the rebels from trading on a large scale.
Even less known is the crucial role the Navy played in many of the land campaigns, including the siege of Vicksburg and operations on the James River among many others.
David Porter was in the center of this action, collaborating closely with Ulysses S. Grant and William T. Sherman. Porter was the U.S. Navy's second admiral, after his adopted brother David Farragut.
This book is full of some of the most interesting anecdotes and the most important players in the American Civil War. Porter writes with great humor and describes stories you won't read in any other Civil War memoir.
During Abraham Lincoln's two week visit to City Point, shortly before his assassination, Porter was by his side nearly all the time. His observations of the great man and his reminiscences of their conversations are unique in Civil War literature.
For the first time, this long out-of-print volume is available as an affordable, well-formatted book for e-readers and smartphones.
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