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John Thomas Scharf HISTORY OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES NAVY 1887 First Edition United States Military History South Civil War Battles Blockade‾Running Iron‾Clads Torpedoes Privateers Cruisers Mississippi River Florida Virginia New Orleans Georgia Alabama Naval Academy South Carolina

Title: History of the Confederate States Navy from Its Organization to the Surrender of Its Last Vessel. Its Stupendous Struggle with the Great Navy of the United States; the Engagements Fought in the Rivers and Harbors of the South, and upon the High Seas; Blockade‾Running, First Use of Iron‾Clads and Torpedoes, and Privateer History
Author: J. Thomas Scharf ‾ John Thomas Scharf was a United States historian, author, journalist, antiquarian, politician, lawyer and Confederate States of America soldier and sailor. He is best known for his published historical works. Modern historians and researchers cite his comprehensive histories as primary source materials.
Scharf used a formulaic and detailed approach to preparing his historical works. He contacted everyone who could provide information about his subject and used detail questionnaires to capture responses to his inquiries. The J. Thomas Scharf Collection, 1730s‾1892, held by the Maryland Historical Society, shows off his massive collection of original source materials.
Publisher: Rogers and Sherwood
City: New York
Year: 1887
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 824 pages
Width: 6.25″ Height: 9.75″
Book Details: Bound in tan paper‾covered boards with a printed paper spine label, this first edition [Howes S‾147] is profusely illustrated with plates and in‾text illustrations. “…Of official records there are very few of any kind in existence, and not a complete set for any department, or of the operations at any port, or of any vessel, except that preserved by Admiral Semmes of the Alabama. To meet that difficulty the author was compelled to rely mainly on the aid and assistance of Confederate naval officers…Thus the author has been compelled to rely upon his own unequaled collection of naval material, which he has been fifteen years in collecting, on contemporary accounts of operations, collected and preserved in newspapers, private letters, and individual papers, which compared with Federal authorities and such official Confederate records as escaped destruction, were again in many chapters referred to those officers now living who participated in the scenes and actions described for their supervision and correction.” (From the Preface)
Condition / Notes: This antique volume displays some age/wear indications, including chipping and loss to the boards and spine. The hinges and text block are cracked. Text and illustrations are clear and crisp through mild age toning/foxing. Some pages remain uncut.

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Estimate $70 - $200Jun 23