This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of why the subject of combined or joint operations during the American Civil War is one that has been largely overlooked. It then describes the absence of any protocol for effecting the efficient cooperation of army and navy forces—the Navy Department and the War Department were completely separate from each other; almost like a boundary, there was a bright line separating Neptune's domain from that of Mars. Because army and navy leaders were unwilling to subordinate their own service goals to the greater goal of Union victory, Union forces experienced a number of lost opportunities. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.
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