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Confederate Sailors, Marines and Signalmen from Virginia and Maryland, Robert J. Driver, Jr

1 Confederate Sailors, Marines and Signalmen from Virginia and Maryland
Robert J. Driver, Jr
2007, 6x9, paper, alphabetical, 524 pp, Heritage Books, Inc
This handy reference volume contains alphabetical listings of men from Virginia and Maryland who served as: Confederate Naval officers and sailors; Confederate Marine Corps officers and enlisted men; and Confederate Signal Corps officers, signalmen and telegraph operators. The amount of data included in individual entries varies greatly. In addition to the name, any combination of the following may be included: rank and division, date and/or place of birth, date and/or place of death, place of burial, occupation, residence, date and place of enlistment, date and/or place of discharge, physical description, and much more. A wealth of vintage photographs and a bibliography enhance the text.The officers and men who served in these sister services played an important role in the War Between the States. Maryland and Virginia officers serving in the United States Navy and Marine Corps, and the midshipmen attending the United States Naval Academy, resigned almost in mass and volunteered in their Confederate counterparts. Without a doubt the Confederacy received many of the brightest and best officers in the United States service. Marylander commanded the Signal Corps, and his staff was from both states. Most of the officers and men who served in the First and Second Companies, Independent Signal Corps, were from Virginia. The Secret Service fell under nominal command of Colonel Norris of the Signal Corps. However, the operatives were not regularly enrolled or paid, and they are, therefore, difficult to identify. Some were paid directly by the Confederate Treasury Department. The records of their service are sketchy, but some postwar accounts do exist. They and the telegraphers are added, but many who served in this capacity have not been identified.
Price: 39.50 USD



2 The Texas Navies: The Civil War in Texas and the Southwest
Roy Sullivan
2008, 5x8, paper, index, 150 pp, Heritage Books, Inc
"The contributions of the Texas Navy to the Republic (of Texas) were more important than contemporaries understood. During the critical first months of revolution, the Navy fought off blockaders, interrupted Mexican supply lines, and provided the opportunity for victory at San Jacinto. Later, aided by American and French quarrels with Mexico, it prevented a sea-borne or sea-supported attack of Texas. And finally, in 1843 the Navy thwarted a well-organized full scale invasion of Yucatan which, if successful, would have led inevitably to reinvasion, possibly reconquest of Texas." Many people have never heard of the Republic of Texas, nor know that the "Lone Star State" was its own nation for ten years after winning independence from Santa Ana at San Jacinto. Texans were on their own, struggling to create a new republic in the mold (and shadow) of the United States. A navy was needed-a strong and feisty one-to defend 600 miles of Texas Gulf coast from a strong and aggressive Mexico which wanted Texas back. To defend themselves Texans had three navies. The Impromptu Navy was a collection of hearty individuals and small craft curbing Mexico's harsh authority along the coast. The First Navy blockaded Mexican ports, seized shipping carrying arms and munitions to Mexican armies and reduced Mexico's powerful navy to an escort role. The Second (and last) Texas Navy's sailing ships confronted Mexico's state-of-the-art warships, defeated them, preventing Mexico's blockade of its rebellious Yucatan and Tabasco provinces while forcing Santa Ana to an armistice with Texas.
Price: 19.00 USD


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