The Civil War was largely a land war, but control of trade over the seas was vital for both sides. The Union navy was out of date and unprepared at the war's beginning, and the Confederate navy was nonexistent. This book charts the rapid progress the North and South made to fight naval war that included blockades, blockade-runners, river fighting, and the coordinated work of army and navy. It also tells the story of the new kinds of ships and naval weapons developed and tested during the Civil War. Book jacket.
The Civil War at Sea
World Almanac Library of the Civil War