Week 3



Learning Modules:

Politics of Command – The Major Players and Their Abilities


Video: CIVIL WAR at Sea – Parts 1-5 -FINAL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rr3DxyVyJR4

This documentary offers an overview of US Navy contributions throughout the war as well as the people who made these plans successful. (Yes, it feels like you are watching an introductory film for a historic site, but it has a lot of good information, go with it!)


Symonds, Craig.  Decision at Sea, (Oxford UP, 2005).

Scanned Documents

Niven, John. Gideon Welles: Lincoln’s Secretary of the Navy. Chapters 21 – 23. (Louisiana UP, 1973).

Discussion Board:

  1. Varina Davis (wife of Jefferson Davis) once wrote that even a child’s disapproval bothered her husband. Secretary of the Navy Maury was only one of two cabinet members that made it through his entire administration!  After reading sections of Connelly (previously) and Symonds, what are your thoughts on Jefferson Davis – micromanager, megalomaniacal, frustrated by issues beyond his control, “a simple pawn in game of life.” – Mongo, Blazing Saddles.  Tell us about JD.
  2. Compare and contrast Gideon Welles and Stephen Mallory. Their personalities bring a lot to the table, not only for working with their leaders but with the Navy command structure. What are their strengths and weaknesses?
  3. Looking at the video and zoom lecture, what was the Confederacy up against in matters of time, materiel, and leadership?

Zoom PP Lecture:

Incident at Cape Fear Lecture – A Microcosm of Confederate High Command (Lecture from NASOH)

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