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The Civil War Gulf Blockade: The Unpublished Journal of a U.S. Navy Warrant Officer Aboard the USS Vincennes, 1861-1864
International Journal of Naval History (2002)
  • Robert M. Oxley, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Abstract
This paper attempts to (1) describe the unpublished journal of Nicholas Lynch, Warrant Officer (Sailmaker), U.S. Navy; (2) expand upon the most remarkable incident in the journal, the Affair at the Passes of the Mississippi River, a minor disaster for the Union navy in the first year of the war; (3) discuss the thoughts and moods of Sailmaker Lynch during the Union blockade from 1861 through 1864. The journal offers rare insights about naval warfare from the point of view of a sailor of the line. It also reveals that officers and crew were unable to maintain discipline and esprit de corps when faced with years of monotony and inaction on blockade duty aboard a sailing vessel
Keywords
  • age of sail
Publication Date
April, 2002
Citation Information
Robert M. Oxley. "The Civil War Gulf Blockade: The Unpublished Journal of a U.S. Navy Warrant Officer Aboard the USS Vincennes, 1861-1864" International Journal of Naval History Vol. 1 Iss. 1 (2002) ISSN: 1932-6556
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/robert_oxley/3/