No where has this been truer than in the presentation of the Confederate Navy as a pirate force – which it of course was not. Now an outsider has written a history of the leaders, officers and men who – in less time than it took the United States Navy to recover from the Pearl Harbor fiasco – put together a technologically advanced fleet that challenged the long-established union navy throughout, and even after, the War for Southern Independence. Well worth the reading this book helps begin to set the record straight about the War of Northern Aggression.
A history of the Confederate Navy Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute Press, c 1996 Raimondo Luraghi Confederate States of America Navy History Hardcover. 1st.ed. and printing. xx, 514 p.: ill., maps; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG
For thirty years world-renowned author and scholar Raimondo Luraghi has sought answers to the question: How did an overwhelmingly agricultural country with little industry and nearly no merchant marine succeed in building a navy that managed to confront the formidable Union navy for four years?
An example of a “cold war” turned hot can be found in the American Civil War. Histories of that war have traditionally taken a rather parochial view of the Confederate Navy‘s role in the war, greatly influenced by the accepted contention that the Confederacy’s naval records were burned during the evacuation of Richmond.
Luraghi, an Italian professor of history at the University of Genoa, whose nationality lends objectivity, combed fifty archives in four countries and uncovered information that shattered prevailing myths about that service’s contributions. This landmark achievement has been lauded by the foremost scholars in the field, who give it high marks for research, convincingly presented and argued themes, and readability.
Focusing on the South’s ironclads, commerce raiders, torpedoes, and mines, this study breaks new ground by giving the Confederate Navy proper credit for its strategic successes, international range, and technical advances. For example, the author disproves the widely held notion that the South’s ironclads were a failure, built only to break the Union blockade and relegated to other duties because they could not leave protected harbors.
Luraghi also argues successfully that breaking the blockade was not the Confederate Navy’s single strategic aim, and thus that the navy must not be judged a total failure, as is so often asserted. With this translation of Luraghi’s master-work the English-speaking world has both a complete account of Confederate naval operations and a balanced and realistic analysis.