Mobile Bay and the Mobile Campaign

The Last Great Battles of the Civil War


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About the Book

In the Civil War, both sides understood that closing the South’s ports would halt the introduction of war matériel to the industrially weak region. Though the North captured New Orleans in 1862, they did not attack the Confederate navy in Mobile Bay or the city of Mobile, Alabama, until 1864.
The two-year delay allowed much needed supplies to enter the Confederacy and changed the face of the ensuing Mobile Campaign, as technological advances in ships submarines, mines and fortification made a striking difference in the fighting. This book examines the politics, preparations, leaders, and battles that made the Mobile Campaign a microcosm of the overall conduct of the Civil War.

About the Author(s)

Chester G. Hearn is the author of numerous other books of history, and his articles have appeared in Blue & Gray, Civil War Times, and North & South. He lives in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Bibliographic Details

Chester G. Hearn
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 272
Bibliographic Info: photos, maps, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 1998 [1993]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-0574-9
eISBN: 978-0-7864-6247-6
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

“Hearn’s straightforward account is clear and logical…will be a standard resource”—Choice; “well researched. Hearn’s examination of the battle…is significant…a meaningful contribution to Civil War literature”—The Civil War Courier; “the definitive work on…key land/naval engagements. Hearn paints a complete portrait [of the campaign] with this publication…includes extensive notes…a wealth of information”—The Reviewers Consortium.