Sea Change – Technology & the Navy
Technological Advancements in the Navy
Video: US Civil War Weapons and Tactics Civil War Technology Military Documentary Film (History Channel)
Video: Naval Technology in 4 minutes! Civil War Trust https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyX8mDz01n8
Symonds, Craig. Civil War at Sea: Five Naval Battles that Shaped American History, (Oxford UP, 2009).
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Still, William N. Jr. “Confederate Naval Strategy: The Ironclad.” The Journal of Southern History, Vol. 27, No.3 (AUG 1961), pp. 330-343.
Waters, W. Davis. “Deception is the Art of War: Gabriel J. Rains, Torpedo Specialist of the Confederacy.” The North Carolina Historical Review, Vol. 66, No. 1 (January 1989), pp. 29-60.
Cutliffe, Stephen. “Robert Fulton’s Torpedoes.” Technology and Culture, Vol. 51, No. 4 (OCT 2010), pp. 879-888.
Kelin, Albert. “Confederate Submarines,” The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 61. No. 3 (JUL 1953) pp.293-303.
- Those damnable iron machines! Discuss ironclads, their evolution and how ironclad mania consumed both the US and Confederate Navy.
- Hunley, Hunley, Hunley – everyone has watched a documentary, read a book or magazine article about it, but was the CSS Hunley the first? What about the US Navy? Tell us about submarines and the Civil War.
- Obstructions in the river, and then torpedoes, what is a Navy to do? With any “new” technology, there are pros and cons. Just like the landmines at Fort Fisher – they work great if they are connected. Tell us about torpedoes, detonators on submarines, and the rise in naval technology.