Navies in America’s Wars
The War on the Waves
The wars that defined America were not just fought on land. In the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, wooden American and British ships engaged in some of the most dramatic and iconic battles of the Age of Sail.
In the Civil War, the North and South fought each other on the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Gulf of Mexico, and the rivers of the mainland. The naval war shaped the strategic and economic fortunes of the United States and the Confederacy throughout the struggle. The Civil War also saw the first battle between ironclad ships, the introduction of sea mines and revolving gun turrets, and the first successful use of a submarine against an enemy ship– changing the trajectory of naval warfare around the globe.
10 Facts: Civil War Navies
Learn more about the navy during the Civil War. Our 10 Facts page will help improve your understanding of and appreciation for the pivotal role played...
“Resolved, That two Battalions of marines be raised”
From the fight for independence to the Treaty of Paris, learn more about the early development of the United States Marine Corps.
The U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md.
As part of a series on military service academies, Dwight Hughes, Class of 1967, covers the history of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md.
Civil War Irregular Operations
A number of the American Battlefield Trust’s staff members, all passionate students of history, jumped at the chance to share their own choices for...
Naval Operations on the Atlantic Coast
Learn about the importance of the Navy and the naval battles and blockades during the Civil War.
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