Waters of Discord: The Union Blockade of Texas During the

Waters of Discord: The Union Blockade of Texas During the Civil War ❰EPUB❯ ✴ Waters of Discord: The Union Blockade of Texas During the Civil War Author Rodman L. Underwood – Thomashillier.co.uk At the beginning of the American Civil War the Federal government imposed a blockade of the southern coast of the Confederate States of America, including the dark corner of the Confederacy Texas Much At the beginning of the American Discord: The PDF Å Civil War the Federal government Waters of Epub / imposed a blockade of the southern coast of the Confederate States of of Discord: The Kindle Ñ America, including the dark corner of the Confederacy Texas Much of the fighting in Texas during the Civil War took place in the state s coastal counties and the adjoining Gulf of Mexico waters, and nearly all of these engagements were involved in one way or another with the Union blockade of the Texas coast This book examines all major blockade related land and sea engagements in and near Texas, and also includes many minor ones It begins with a discussion of the blockade s creation and then concentrates on the successful Confederate efforts to evade the blockade by shipping cotton out of Mexico and, in return, receiving materiel and civilian goods through that neutral nation The author also covers political intrigue and the spy activity with the French who had invaded Mexico The book concludes with an analysis of the effectiveness of the Union blockade of Texas.


14 thoughts on “Waters of Discord: The Union Blockade of Texas During the Civil War

  1. Mark Mark says:

    I ve been searching for the definitive history of the West Gulf Blockading Squadron during the Civil War and, frankly, I m still searching Waters of Discord is clearly written and certainly has interesting things to say but the book is unfortunately not all that well organized The author spends nearly a third of the book on generalities about the blockade as a whole before ever really getting to the central purpose of the book blockade activities on the Texas coast.There is definitely material of interest here, including some things I d never thought of before, particularly in the weird four sided situation at the mouth of the Rio Grande between the North and South, and the Mexicans and the French maintaining their own blockade, of Mexico.What s decidedly lacking is a real operational history of the West Gulf Blockading Squadron, including exploration of the very pertinent question If the squadron commander for most of the war, Farragut, was among the most able and active Federal naval officers, why was the blockade of Texas so unsuccessful Was it poor management, lack of resources, or something else Answers to these questions are not to be found in Waters of Discord.It s still interesting, though, despite the flaws.


  2. Clair Clair says:

    If you are interested in Texas Civil War history, then this book is for you Underwood writes about blockade running and naval battles with the fluidity of a fiction writer He keeps the reader sitting on the edge of his her seat I read this book as part of my own research for an article I am writing I found it extremely useful and he clearly explained the sometimes confusing at least for me military actions.


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