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Under the Blue Pennant: Or Notes of a Naval Officer John W. Grattan

Under the Blue Pennant: Or Notes of a Naval Officer

John W. Grattan

Published August 31st 2000
ISBN : 9780471390213
Paperback
256 pages
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Rare . . . gives us insights into how Union naval officers thought, how they lived . . . entertaining and informative for the general reader and a mine of material for the specialist.-Journal of Military HistoryA small, long-submerged treasureMoreRare . . . gives us insights into how Union naval officers thought, how they lived . . . entertaining and informative for the general reader and a mine of material for the specialist.-Journal of Military HistoryA small, long-submerged treasure that will reward those willing to give in to the unfamiliar waters of the Civil Wars naval history.-Civil War Book Reviews A surprisingly lively and modern read . . . a welcome addition to our knowledge of the lives of men who served in the Civil War.-Kirkus Reviews Fresh and highly revealing. -Richmond Times-DispatchNow available in paperback, this highly acclaimed eyewitness account of the Civil War at sea provides fascinating insights into command decisions made on the bridge as well as life below deck. Recently discovered in the Library of Congress archives, this memoir was written just after the Civil War by John Grattan, an ensign in the Union navy who witnessed some of the wars most significant naval operations.Under the editorship of acclaimed naval historian Robert Schneller, Grattans account of the crucial struggle for control of the Atlantic seaboard bristles with the tension of combat. With sharply etched details of blockade running, guerrilla warfare, fierce underwater battles, the brutal advance on Richmond, and visits to the front lines by President Abraham Lincoln, this rare memoir includes personal observations of key naval and military leaders and rescues less-celebrated heroes from obscurity. Sparkling with Victorian wit, this from-the-front report opens a window into the lives of ordinary soldiers and the men who led them into war.