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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. 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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780807130704
ISBN-10: 0807130702
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 20mm)
Pages: 312
Imprint: Louisiana State University Press
Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Chester G. Hearn

Chester G. Hearn is the author of nineteen books, including Ellet's Brigade: The Strangest Outfit of All and Six Years of Hell: Harpers Ferry during the Civil War. He lives in Erie, Pennsylvania.

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