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The Capture of New Orleans, 1862
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On April 24, 1862, Federal gunboats made their way past two Confederate forts to ascend the Mississippi River, and the Union navy captured New Orleans. News of the loss of the Crescent City came to Jefferson Davis as an absolute shock. In this exhaustive study, Chester G. Hearn examines the decisions, actions, individuals, and events to explain why. He directs his inquiry to the heart of government, both Union and Confederate, and takes a hard look at the selection of military and naval leaders, the use of natural and financial resources, and the performances of all personnel involved. His vivid, fast-paced narrative provides fascinating reading, as well as penetrating insight into this crucial campaign.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. p. vii
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  1. INTRODUCTION
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. ONE: The Union Is Dead
  2. pp. 7-17
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  1. TWO: Notions of War
  2. pp. 18-31
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  1. THREE: Mr. Lincoln's "Impudent" Blockade
  2. pp. 32-66
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  1. FOUR: Emergence of the Mosquito Fleet
  2. pp. 67-80
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  1. FIVE: The Night of the Turtle
  2. pp. 81-95
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  1. SIX: Father Neptune Picks a Captain
  2. pp. 96-106
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  1. SEVEN: Mansfield Lovell's Debut
  2. pp. 107-124
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  1. EIGHT: Farragut Steams South
  2. pp. 125-136
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  1. NINE: New Orleans Shudders
  2. pp. 137-150
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  1. TEN: Out of the Mud
  2. pp. 151-172
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  1. ELEVEN: Twenty-One Bummers, All in a Row
  2. pp. 173-186
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  1. TWELVE: Recipe for Disaster
  2. pp. 187-196
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  1. THIRTEEN: Seventeen Mighty Warships, All Ready to Go
  2. pp. 197-208
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  1. FOURTEEN: Running the Gauntlet
  2. pp. 209-236
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  1. FIFTEEN: High Noon at City Hall
  2. pp. 237-248
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  1. SIXTEEN: By Land and By Water
  2. pp. 249-257
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  1. EPILOGUE
  2. pp. 258-268
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  1. APPENDIX
  2. pp. 269-275
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  1. BIBLIOGRAPHY
  2. pp. 276-282
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  1. INDEX
  2. pp. 283-292
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