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Union Combined Operations in the Civil War$
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Craig L. Symonds

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780823232864

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823232864.001.0001

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Union Combined Operations in the Civil War

Craig L. Symonds

Fordham University Press

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.

Keywords:   Civil War, Union, army, navy, joint operations

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