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The Civil War on the Pacific Coast

Hans Konrad Van Tilburg

in A Civil War Gunboat in Pacific Waters

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780813035161
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038957 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813035161.003.0004
The Civil War on the Pacific Coast

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Most of the important naval events during the Civil War, like Hampton Roads and the Battle of Mobile Bay, were not Pacific events. The majority of the Union's naval efforts during the Civil War were naturally focused on the Atlantic and Gulf states, leaving the Pacific as, frankly, something of a backwater. But there were some real threats in the Pacific, greatly exacerbated by the reality of an unmanageably large area assigned to the responsibility of an exceedingly small squadron. The Civil War story of the USS Saginaw is a window into just how pervasive wartime activity was on the national and global stage.

Keywords: Civil War; Pacific Coast; squadron; USS Saginaw; wartime history; Battle of Mobile Bay

Chapter.  17739 words. 

Subjects: Underwater Archaeology

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