Chesapeake Bay In The Civil War
Chesapeake Bay in the Civil War
Here is a rich panorama of fascinating Civil War history: the war's first deaths on the streets of Baltimore; Abraham Lincoln on the deck of the revenue cutter Miami; Franklin Buchanan of Talbot County commanding the ironclad C.S.S. Virginia as she sounds the death knell for the age of sail; Naval Academy instructor John Taylor Wood becoming one of the most feared Confederate raiders on the Bay; the P.O.W. camp at Point Lookout with its horrific death toll; the imprisonment of Jefferson Davis at Fort Monroe, the Gibraltar of the Chesapeake. Eric Mills's thoroughly readable narrative covers events in Chesapeake country during the months preceding the great conflict to shortly after the death of Lincoln.
About the Author
Eric L. Mills is a professor emeritus in the Department of Oceanography at Dalhousie University and former director of the History of Science andTechnology Program at the University of King's College. He is the winner of the Jehuda Neumann Memorial Prize for the History of Meteorology and Physical Oceanography from the Royal Meteorological Society.