Civil War Admiral on Western Waters
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Published:September 1, 2018
By Spencer C. Tucker (Author)

This biography traces the life and career of one of the U.S. Navy's first admirals, Andrew Hull Foote. As flag officer of the Union's western naval forces, Foote was a key figure in the February 1862 Union victories at Forts Henry and Donelson in Tennessee and helped open the Confederate heartland to the Union. Later he shared in the victory at Island No. 10, an action that opened the upper Mississippi River to the Union.

In this revealing portrait, Spencer Tucker describes Foote as emblematic of a period of great change in the American navy. Although very much an officer schooled in the tradition of the Old Navy, Foote considered himself first and foremost a staunch Christian and agent of Divine Will. An ardent social reformer, he crusaded zealously for abolition of the daily grog ration in the navy, and during his command of the brig Perry in the African squadron, he also became a leading advocate of the government's use of forceful measures to end the slave trade. In the 1850s Foote's career exemplified America's emerging international policy in the Far East when, in support of U.S. interests in China, he led a shore party to destroy coastal forts that had fired on U.S. ships. The first study of the admiral to be published in more than one hundred years, this work makes an important contribution to the literature of the period and to the series.

Spencer Tucker retired from teaching in 2003 as John Biggs Professor of Military History at the Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Virginia.  He is also the author of Blue and Gray Navies and Stephen Decatur.

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  • Subject: Biography & Memoirs
  • paperback : 296 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (September 1, 2018)
  • ISBN-10: 1682473406
  • ISBN-13: 9781682473405
  • Product Dimensions: 6 X 9 in
  • Shipping Weight: 14.56 oz

Spencer C. Tucker held the John Biggs Chair of Military History at the Virginia Military Institute for six years until his retirement. He is the author of twenty-five books including the award winning Stephen Decatur: A Life Most Bold and Daring.

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