Confederate Navy Quizzes and Facts

R. Thomas Campbell

  • Confederate Navy Quizzes and Facts

Who commanded the CSS Virginia when she battled the USS Monitor in the first ever clash between armored warships? What U.S. warship was sunk by the CSS Alabama? Who commanded the CSS Florida? Who was the Confederate navy’s purchasing agent in Europe? Who invented the spar torpedo?

These and hundreds of other questions about the Confederate States Navy are asked and answered in Confederate Navy Quizzes and Facts. Much has been written about the Confederate armies—their battles and their great and not-so-great leaders. Relatively little, in comparison, has been published concerning Confederate naval forces. This is beginning to change, however, as more and more historians, educators, and just plain "buffs" discover the world of the Confederate navy. Most of these researchers and readers, when confronted with the facts, are simply astounded at the naval achievements made by the South in just four years of horrific war. Whether you are only mildly curious, or a rabid enthusiast of the Confederate navy, you will find what follows surprising, educational, interesting, and informative—and just plain fun.

Sample Questions:
Answers are given below.

  1. On what date was the Confederate States Navy formally established?
  2. Who was the famous naval officer that President Davis dispatched to the North to purchase arms and ammunition?
  3. Officers of the navy were classified into what three major categories?
  4. What is a yardarm?
  5. What is a holystone?
  6. Name the individual responsible for the building of the ironclad CSS Albemarle.
  7. Who were the designers and builders of the world's first successful submarine, the CSS H. L. Hunley?

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  1. The Confederate Congress established the Navy Department on February 20, 1861.
  2. Captain (later Rear Admiral) Raphael Semmes.
  3. Commissioned, warrant, and appointed.
  4. The extremities of a yard.
  5. Soft sandstone, often used to scrub the decks of ships. Sailors knelt as if in prayer when scrubbing the decks. Also, holystone was often called so because it is full of holes.
  6. Gilbert Elliott. Born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, young Elliott was only 18 years of age when he contracted with the Confederate government to build the Albemarle.
  7. James R. McClintock and Baxter Watson.

The landscape that the author wanted to build is here: wide, informative, and as complete as human effort can make it....The book by R. Thomas Campbell has a remarkable place in the mainstream and will certainly be useful to future researchers and historians as well as readers at large....makes for fascinating reading.

Raimondo Luraghi, Journal of Southern History

Author R. Thomas Campbell
Pages 172
Images 114
Maps 0
Bibliography Yes
Index No
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