Naval History Magazine - April 2011 Volume 25, Number 2

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Noted for his eccentricities and blunt judgments, Gideon Welles proved to be a surprisingly adept chief administrator of the Navy during the Civil War.

Gideon Welles was an...



  • The Sailor Who 'Torpedoed' a Train
    By Carl LaVO
    An enlisted man with a thirst for action and a will to win, ‘Swish’ Saunders helped revolutionize how submarines could be used in war.

    ‘Now, there’s a target I would like to blow up.”

  • The Navy's Evolutionary War
    By Craig L. Symonds
    During the Civil War, the U.S. Navy harnessed revolutionary technologies and designs—and pioneered extensive joint operations with the Army—along the Confederacy’s shores and on its rivers.

  • The Sumter Conundrum
    By Craig L. Symonds
    On his first day in office, President Abraham Lincoln faced one of his most vexing problems: Should he dispatch a naval expedition to resupply the besieged garrison at Fort Sumter, or simply withdraw the force?

  • 'An Appalling Calamity'
    By Noah Andre Trudeau
    Trouble brewing between Western powers in the Pacific was sidelined by a fateful interruption—the Great Samoan Typhoon of 1889.

  • Suggestions for Further Civil War Reading
    By Craig L. Symonds

  • Cold War Duty in the Black Sea Fleet
    By Vladimir Mandel
    A conscript naval officer looks back on his service in a bygone era—a revealing portrait of everyday life in a Soviet destroyer.

  • On Our Scope

    Naval History has been fortunate to have top historians contribute to its biannual “fold-out” issues, and this one, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, is no exception. Craig L. Symonds, professor emeritus...

  • Flight Line
    By Hill Goodspeed

    The Great War Catalyst

  • A Cup o' Joe
    By Captain Raymond J. Brown, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)
    Forget grog. It’s coffee—steamingly seductive and stimulating—that keeps the Sea Services afloat in war and peace.

    Coffee is a way of life for the American Sailor. No other food or drink comes close...

Subscriber Only Content

  • Naval History Digital Edition

    A digital edition of the April issue of Naval History is available for current USNI members to view. The...

  • Looking Back
    By Paul Stillwell

    The End of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

    Shortly before Christmas, President Barack Obama signed into law a repeal of the controversial “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that prohibited gay and...

  • In Contact

    The Olympia Then and Now

    Thomas S. Wyman

  • Naval History News

    Shipwreck Yields Possible Blackbeard Blade

    Archaeologists working on a shipwreck off the North Carolina coast announced in January that they may have discovered a truly iconic relic of pirate lore: the sword of Blackbeard.

  • Historic Aircraft
    By Norman Polmar

    Flying Camels

  • Lincoln's "Father Neptune"
    By Craig L. Symonds
    Noted for his eccentricities and blunt judgments, Gideon Welles proved to be a surprisingly adept chief administrator of the Navy during the Civil War.

    Gideon Welles was an important political figure in Connecticut,...

  • Historic Fleets
    By Robert J. Cressman

    Eyewitness to the Fall of Fort Sumter

    The wooden steam sloop Pawnee pounded toward the South Carolina coast through heavy seas and gale-force winds in the early hours of 12 April 1861. The weather and darkness made it...

  • Book Reviews

    Passport Not Required: U.S. Volunteers in the Royal Navy, 1939-1941

    Eric Dietrich-Berryman, Charlotte Hammond, and R. E. White. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2010. 186 pp. Illus. Index. $27.95.


  • Museum Report
    By Andrew C. A. Jampoler

    Splendor of Gods and Kings in Thailand

    The letters exchanged in 1861–62 between Mongkut, king of Siam, and President Abraham Lincoln are among the most curious in the White House files. Mongkut’s offer to ship breeding...


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