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Gideon Welles
Language: en
Pages: 697
Authors: John Niven
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 1973-11-08 - Publisher: Oxford University Press

A full-scale life and times biography of an important Civil War figure.
Diary of Gideon Welles
Language: en
Pages: 712
Authors: Gideon Welles
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-05-10 - Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

Reprint of the original, first published in 1869.
Diary of Gideon Welles: Volumes I & II (Expanded)
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Gideon Welles
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-11-20 - Publisher: BIG BYTE BOOKS

Abraham Lincoln brought together one of the most remarkable Cabinet's in presidential history. Among them was Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy under Lincoln and his successor, Andrew Johnson. Welles describes his role and that of many other prominent men of his day in this fascinating chronicle of the American Civil War and its aftermath. You'll get an inside view of the machinations within and around Lincoln's administration, along with personal anecdotes. Welles brilliantly took a Navy Department in disarray and forged it into a formidable instrument of Union power. He was instrumental in helping to win the war. Long used as a primary source for Lincoln scholars, you can now read Gideon Welles wonderful diaries on your Kindle, well-formatted for a superior reading experience. Every memoir of the American Civil War provides us with another view of the catastrophe that changed the country forever. For the first time, this long out-of-print volume is available as an affordable, well-formatted book for e-readers and smartphones. Be sure to LOOK INSIDE by clicking the cover above or download a sample.
The Civil War Diary of Gideon Welles, Lincoln's Secretary of the Navy
Language: en
Pages: 824
Authors: Gideon Welles
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-08-15 - Publisher: University of Illinois Press

Gideon Welles’s 1861 appointment as secretary of the navy placed him at the hub of Union planning for the Civil War and in the midst of the powerful personalities vying for influence in Abraham Lincoln’s cabinet. Although Welles initially knew little of naval matters, he rebuilt a service depleted by Confederate defections, planned actions that gave the Union badly needed victories in the war’s early days, and oversaw a blockade that weakened the South’s economy. Perhaps the hardest-working member of the cabinet, Welles still found time to keep a detailed diary that has become one of the key documents for understanding the inner workings of the Lincoln administration. In this new edition, William E. and Erica L. Gienapp have restored Welles’s original observations, gleaned from the manuscript diaries at the Library of Congress and freed from his many later revisions, so that the reader can experience what he wrote in the moment. With his vitriolic pen, Welles captures the bitter disputes over strategy and war aims, lacerates colleagues from Secretary of State William H. Seward to General-in-Chief Henry Halleck, and condemns the actions of the self-serving southern elite he sees as responsible for the war. He can just as easily wax eloquent about the Navy's wartime achievements, extoll the virtues of Lincoln, or drop in a tidbit of Washington gossip. Carefully edited and extensively annotated, this edition contains a wealth of supplementary material. The several appendixes include short biographies of the members of Lincoln’s cabinet, the retrospective Welles wrote after leaving office covering the period missing from the diary proper, and important letters regarding naval matters and international law.
Diary of Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy Under Lincoln and Johnson
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Gideon Welles
Categories: Reconstruction
Type: BOOK - Published: 1911 - Publisher:

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Commanding Lincoln's Navy
Language: en
Pages: 364
Authors: Stephen Taaffe
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-09-15 - Publisher: Naval Institute Press

The Union Navy played a vital role in winning the Civil War by blockading Confederate ports, cooperating with the Union Army in amphibious assaults, and controlling the Mississippi River and its tributaries. President Lincoln understood, however, that the Navy was not as important, militarily and politically, to the war effort as the Army, so he delegated authority to his Secretary of the Navy, Gideon Welles, who divided the Navy into six squadrons and hand-picked their commanders. This book examines Welles selections and why he appointed them. While noting that the officers records, character, and abilities were of primary importance, Taaffe acknowledges that political connections, seniority, and availability were also factored into the selections. He demonstrates that Welles appointments improved markedly as the war continued and as he gained a better understanding of the Navy and its officer corps. Taaffe contends that Welles eventual success in picking effective squadron commanders contributed greatly to Union victory.
History of the Welles Family in England and Normandy
Language: en
Pages: 312
Authors: Albert Welles
Categories: England
Type: BOOK - Published: 1876 - Publisher:

Thomas Welles (1598-1660) immigrated from Essex County, England to Hartford, Connecticut in 1636, and served as secretary of state, deputy governor, and governor of the colony. Descendants and rela- tives lived in New England, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Tennessee, Iowa and elsewhere. Includes ancestry to about 794 A.D. in England and France.
Lincoln and His Admirals
Language: en
Pages: 448
Authors: Craig L. Symonds
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2008-10-17 - Publisher: Oxford University Press

Abraham Lincoln began his presidency admitting that he knew "but little of ships," but he quickly came to preside over the largest national armada to that time, not eclipsed until World War I. Written by naval historian Craig L. Symonds, Lincoln and His Admirals unveils an aspect of Lincoln's presidency unexamined by historians until now, revealing how he managed the men who ran the naval side of the Civil War, and how the activities of the Union Navy ultimately affected the course of history. Beginning with a gripping account of the attempt to re-supply Fort Sumter--a comedy of errors that shows all too clearly the fledgling president's inexperience--Symonds traces Lincoln's steady growth as a wartime commander-in-chief. Absent a Secretary of Defense, he would eventually become de facto commander of joint operations along the coast and on the rivers. That involved dealing with the men who ran the Navy: the loyal but often cranky Navy Secretary Gideon Welles, the quiet and reliable David G. Farragut, the flamboyant and unpredictable Charles Wilkes, the ambitious ordnance expert John Dahlgren, the well-connected Samuel Phillips Lee, and the self-promoting and gregarious David Dixon Porter. Lincoln was remarkably patient; he often postponed critical decisions until the momentum of events made the consequences of those decisions evident. But Symonds also shows that Lincoln could act decisively. Disappointed by the lethargy of his senior naval officers on the scene, he stepped in and personally directed an amphibious assault on the Virginia coast, a successful operation that led to the capture of Norfolk. The man who knew "but little of ships" had transformed himself into one of the greatest naval strategists of his age. Co-winner of the 2009 Lincoln Prize Winner of the 2009 Barondess/Lincoln Prize by the Civil War Round Table of New York John Lyman Award of the North American Society for Oceanic History Daniel and Marilyn Laney Prize by the Austin Civil War Round Table Nevins-Freeman Prize of the Civil War Round Table of Chicago
Stanton
Language: en
Pages: 768
Authors: Walter Stahr
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-08-08 - Publisher: Simon and Schuster

New York Times bestselling author Walter Stahr tells the story of Edwin Stanton, who served as Secretary of War in Abraham Lincoln’s cabinet. “This exhaustively researched, well-paced book should take its place as the new, standard biography of the ill-tempered man who helped to save the Union. It is fair, judicious, authoritative, and comprehensive” (The Wall Street Journal). Of the crucial men close to President Lincoln, Secretary of War Edwin Stanton (1814–1869) was the most powerful and controversial. Stanton raised, armed, and supervised the army of a million men who won the Civil War. He directed military movements. He arrested and imprisoned thousands for “war crimes,” such as resisting the draft or calling for an armistice. Stanton was so controversial that some accused him at that time of complicity in Lincoln’s assassination. He was a stubborn genius who was both reviled and revered in his time. Stanton was a Democrat before the war and a prominent trial lawyer. He opposed slavery, but only in private. He served briefly as President Buchanan’s Attorney General and then as Lincoln’s aggressive Secretary of War. On the night of April 14, 1865, Stanton rushed to Lincoln’s deathbed and took over the government since Secretary of State William Seward had been critically wounded the same evening. He informed the nation of the President’s death, summoned General Grant to protect the Capitol, and started collecting the evidence from those who had been with the Lincolns at the theater in order to prepare a murder trial. Now Walter Stahr’s “highly recommended” (Library Journal, starred review) essential book is the first major account of Stanton in fifty years, restoring this underexplored figure to his proper place in American history. “A lively, lucid, and opinionated history” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).
Under Two Flags
Language: en
Pages: 352
Authors: William M. Fowler
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-08-20 - Publisher: Naval Institute Press

Examines the role of the Union and Confederate navies during the Civil War and discusses the technological and strategic evolution of the Navy during the period.
Senate documents
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: William M. Fowler
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 1878 - Publisher:

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Chester's Complete Trotting and Pacing Record, Containing Summaries of All Races Trotted Or Paced in the United States Or Canada, from the Earliest Dates to the Close of 1883
Language: en
Pages: 990
Authors: William M. Fowler
Categories: Harness racing
Type: BOOK - Published: 1884 - Publisher:

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