Archive for July, 2013

And Let’s Not Forget Richard Sharpe on YouTube!

July 31, 2013

Yes, the whole Sharpe series is also available.

Full Episodes of the Horatio Hornblower Series on YouTube

July 31, 2013

While outside the purview of the stated purpose of this blog, I feel compelled to point this out. For those who enjoyed the Horatio Hornblower series of movies, they are all available on YouTube.

Civil War Naval Chronology

July 31, 2013

As we remember the American Civil War, we should not lose sight of the fact that this struggle was not just confined to land battles; many conflicts took place either in bays, rivers, or the ocean. In the early to mid-1960s, the Naval History Division of the Navy published the six-volume Civil War Naval Chronology, 1861-1865. It is a day-by-day exposition on what occurred in maritime settings, from raids on Southern coastal ports to Mississippi River operations. In addition, excerpts from participants’ accounts add to the utility of this work. Volume 6 contains a cumulative index along with many special studies such as : “The Navy in Defense of Washington,” “Shipboard Life in the Civil War” and “Naval Sheet Music of the Civil War” among others. Needless to say, this work focuses on the Union exploits afloat. The Confederate perspective can be seen in this 1887 work:  History of the Confederate States navy from its organization to the surrender of its last vessel. Its stupendous struggle with the great navy of the United States; the engagements fought in the rivers and harbors of the South, and upon the high seas; blockade-running, first use of iron-clads and torpedoes, and privateer history. This thirty-volume series,  Official records of the Union and Confederate navies in the war of the rebellion (1894-1922) might prove beneficial as well.

Chronologies of British Naval Actions, 1793-1815

July 30, 2013

Steel’s Naval Chronologist of the late war from its commencement in February 1793 to its conclusion in 1801 (published in 1802) provides a surprisingly detailed amount of information within its 122 pages: a chronology, listings of ships and privateers taken or destroyed by the British, an enumeration of British commanding officers killed, the colonial possessions seized by the British, and treaties signed. A later and more expanded version of Steel’s work is The naval gazetteer, biographer and chronologist; containing a history of the late wars from … 1793 to … 1801; and from … 1803 to 1815, and continued, as to the biographical part to the present time (this edition published 1842). At almost 600 pages, it follows the outline of Steel, but as it includes the entire Napoleonic era, it is much larger.

Eyewitness Accounts of British Naval Victories, 1794-1805

July 30, 2013

The two-volume Logs of Great Sea Fight, 1794-1805, presents masters’ logs and other journals from the following battles: Lord Howe’s Actions (or the Glorious First of June), St Vincent, Camperdown, Nile, Copenhagen, and Trafalgar. The opening pages of the first volume explain the use of logs rather than journals, but there were instances where the log was lost or not written (due to the master’s death in action). In these cases journals from captains, lieutenants, or other officers are utilized. All documents were transcribed and the spelling was formalized because as was stated by the editor “…the spellings of the logs, which in the originals is admirable in its independence….”(xii) An introduction before each battle is given. A worthwhile read.