Knowledge of the Naval War

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TnFed

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A "boy" (in either the USRCS or the USN) was, historically, an underage enlisted sailor who usually was employed in fetch-and-carry or housekeeping type tasks aboard ship.
Thank you. You don't hear much about the Revenue Cutter Service during the War. So much for one to learn about.
 

wausaubob

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War on the Waters, The Union and Confederate Navies, 1861-1865. University of North Carolina Press, 2012. McPherson makes the same point as Anderson, the naval war was under reported. Much of the service was tedious, and the big battles occurred in remote locations.
The US navy did four things:
1. It forced surrender to the forts at Port Royal.
2. If forced the surrender of Fort Henry which allowed Grant to get the back door of Donelson and opened up the Tennessee River to US patrols.
3. It did most of the work to clear Roanoke Island, which gave the US access to most of the coast of North Carolina.
4. It passed the Forts protecting New Orleans and intimidated the out gunned Confederate commander into leaving the city.

By the time these four things were accomplished the Confederacy was a shrinking economy that was eventually going to collapse.
By the time direct trade with New York was mostly cut off, and resources of New Orleans shifted from the Confederate side to the US side, everything in the Confederacy was going to cost more, and the Confederacy was going to be emptied of all gold and silver.
 
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