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Submarine Warfare In The Civil War [Kindle Edition]

Mark Ragan
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Many people have heard of the Hunley, the experimental Confederate submarine that sank the USS Housatonic in a daring nighttime operation. Less well known, however, is that the Hunley was not alone under the waters of America during the Civil War. Both the Union and Confederacy built a wide and incredible array of vessels that could maneuver underwater, and many were put to use patrolling enemy waters. In Submarine Warfare in the Civil War, Mark Ragan, who spent years mining factory records and log books, brings this little-known history to the surface.The hardcover edition, Union and Confederate Submarine Warfare in the Civil War, was published to wide acclaim in 1999. For this new paperback edition, Ragan has revised and updated the text to include the full story of the Hunley's recovery and restoration.

About the Author

Mark K. Ragan is the author of The Hunley: Submarines, Sacrifice, and Success in the Civil War and was a consultant on the TNT movie "Hunley." He owns and operates a two-man submarine and lives and works in Maryland.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5004 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (8 May 2003)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001M4HXG2
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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5.0 out of 5 stars early submarine warfare 28 Sep 2013
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a well written book very interesting not many books about the civil war between the union and the confederacy about early submarine warfare excellent
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Infernal Machines of the Civil War 10 Jun 2003
By Te Bada - Published on Amazon.com
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As other reviewers have already noted, this is a fantastic book.
The author has fully researched the subject and presents details of many little known facts from the first Confederate submarines which attempted unsuccessful underwater attacks to the first Union submarine that had been intended to sink the ironclad Merrimac (Virginia). The book goes far beyond the history of the Hunley and certainly is a must for anyone interested in the Civil War or the history of the development of submarines. Highly recommended.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 25 May 2006
By Frog Lady - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I'm only about halfway through this book, but so far I love it! I've been reading it in preparation for writing a paper about Civil War submarines, and it's an incredibly interesting and fact-filled book. I first heard about the Hunley a couple months ago, and in reading this book, I've learned that many other submarines existed during the Civil War--on both sides! If you are interested in Naval history, Civil War history, or just history in general, I highly recommend this book!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unknown American History 7 July 2010
By Christopher Obert - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As soon as I saw the cover I had to read this book. What a contradiction of terms "submarine warfare" and the "civil war"! You would not think the two go together. I had heard the stories of the famous Hunley but are you kidding me, there were more submarines! In this book Mark Ragan tells the incredible story of the dozens of submarines that were created and tested during the civil war. I was surprised with each turn of the page as I learned more and more about that remarkable war. A must read for any civil war or submarine buff but even more important to any American interested in learning the true history of America!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly executed 7 April 2012
By otto0713 - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is the final compilation of thousands of hours spent in historical ledgers and newspapers of the Civil War period. Often hidden and covered up by the contemporaries of the day, the writer had the formidable task of digging into the little known facts of the two waring governments,and their achievements concerning "submarine boats" (also called torpedoes).
It is an in-depth study that follows the general development and dire consequences of inadequate testing before deployment of what many would consider the first "Iron Coffins." One can almost feel the clamminess and dank cold of these underwater contraptions as they embarked on each somewhat futile and top- secret mission. With only a slight hint of success, these brave crew members surely were heroes in their own right.
A well written narrative that fills many voids of seafaring and clandestine weaponry during the Great Civil War and a great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gospel on the First Age of Submarine Warfare 23 Mar 2012
By Able Ponder - Published on Amazon.com
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My interest was the Hunley, but she's only a couples of chapters and a sprinkling of verses in this magnificent piece. Ragan pulled me right off into the history of submarines in the Civil War when, unbeknownst to me, they were popping up in every other port -- on both sides of the Mason-Dixon. But only one 'made history' and Ragan's awesome research and ink on the Hunley, as with the others, is the best to date.
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