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Whereas the Civil warfare is principally remembered for its epic battles among the Northern and Southern armies, the Union used to be at the same time waging one other campaign―dubbed “Anaconda”―that used to be steadily depriving the South of and trade, hence rendering the exploits of its box armies moot. while an autonomous Dixie ultimately met the dustbin of historical past, it used to be the North’s coastal crusade, up to the achievements of its major forces, that was once essentially responsible.

Strangling the Confederacy examines a number of the naval activities and land incursions the Union waged from Virginia down the Atlantic Coast and during the Gulf of Mexico to methodically shut down each accomplice port which can usher in guns or provides. The Rebels spoke back with speedy ships―blockade runners―that attempted to avert the american fleets, whereas whilst developing ambitious fortifications that can defend the ports themselves. whereas Union troopships floated offshore, capable of strike wherever, cellular accomplice forces have been saved to hand close to an important issues, albeit in smaller numbers, to withstand Federal irruptions into their homeland.

In the ultimate research, the Union’s military Board, a special establishment on the time, undertook the right kind technique. Its unique choice to target ten seaports that had rail or water connections with the accomplice interior―from Norfolk to Charleston to cellular to New Orleans―shows that the military Board understood the concept that of decisive issues. In a couple of battles the Federals have been in a position to leverage their more suitable know-how, together with steam strength and rifled artillery, in a manner that made the accomplice coastal defenses hugely weak, if now not out of date. nevertheless, while the Federals encountered accomplice resistance at close-quarters they typically skilled problems, as within the disasters at citadel Fisher, the debacle at Battery Wagner, the conflict of Olustee, and in different clashes.

What makes this ebook rather exact is its use of contemporary army doctrine to evaluate and learn the campaigns. Kevin Dougherty, an entire historian and previous occupation military officer, concludes that, with no realizing it, the military Board did an outstanding activity at following smooth strategic doctrine. whereas the multitude of small battles that flared alongside the insurgent coast during the Civil battle have heretofore now not been in addition often called the extra vast inland battles, in a cumulative experience, Anaconda―the such a lot lengthy of the Union campaigns―spelled doom for the Confederacy.


“…an very good brief historical past of the blockade, its campaigns and expeditions, and its successes and screw ups. it's also a good exposition of the way the weather of operational layout for undertaking battle and their purposes haven't replaced over the years. The trick is easy methods to observe them. Dougherty has produced an engaging quantity for somebody who desires to know about the Union blockade and for college students of the Civil War’s grand process and operations. it really is hugely prompt for either. “
Civil struggle information, 11/2010

“For your time there was a necessity for a complete research of the joint Army-Navy operations carried out via Union forces off the accomplice Atlantic and Gulf coasts. . . . during this quantity Kevin Dougherty, a former military officer . . . examines the function of joint operations throughout the prism of recent joint-forces doctrine. . . . glaring contention and disorder among the Union military and military even though, Dougherty argues that the coastal campaigns constituted ‘a significant step within the evolution of joint conflict and making plans in U.S. army history’.”
―U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings

“…a dry, witty and finally academic account of Union coastal operations opposed to the accomplice Army…”
Defence net, 12/15/2010

“…a rather well written review of the most important coastal campaigns carried out throughout the struggle. the writer has first-class wisdom of the topic coupled with a close wisdom of the topic army background and tactics. additionally, he can speak this can be an comprehensible and readable manner.”
James Durney, 02/011

“…discusses intimately the impression of mixed hands, sleek weapons(especially lengthy variety rifled artillery), and ironclads on procedure and tactics….useful access right into a complicated topic. “
CHOICE, March 2011

“It got here to be referred to as the “Anaconda Plan”. It used to be an easy thought: block all of the significant southern ports and render their armies useless….In the top the method labored. just like the anaconda itself, the Union military squeezed the lifeblood out of the South.”
Military history, 06/2011
“,,,recommended to all American Civil conflict scholars, because it covers a space of the naval struggle often buried in entire histories of naval operations and infrequently addressed in a stand on my own quantity at the subject….I hugely suggest this publication to a person attracted to the heritage of the Civil warfare blockade.”

“…an first-class brief heritage of the most Federal operations that helped blockade the accomplice coast… rather well established… good written with a true suppose for the period”

“a well written and tightly worded e-book summarizing the Union Naval/Military operations opposed to army ambitions alongside the accomplice coast…”
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