Quarterdeck & Bridge: Two Centuries of American Naval Leaders
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This superb collection of biographical essays tells the story of the U.S. Navy through the lives of the officers who forged its traditions. The essayists are leading naval historians who assess the careers of these men and their impact on the naval service, from the Continental Navy of the American Revolution to the nuclear Navy of the Cold War.
establishments are necessary. I see in them the on-coming of a ‘strong’ central government . . . or perhaps a subversion of really free government.” He worried too that neither the Republican nor Democratic Parties would have the political courage to respond to a foreign challenge at the isthmus, or even have the good sense to assume a sensible defense posture in the Gulf-Caribbean, but Mahan himself did little to change matters. He participated not at all in the political agitation for the New
Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, ser. 1, vol. 16, 519–22, 525–26, 530–33, 540–51, 560–66, 574–75, 646–49, 676–77 (hereafter cited as ORN). 10. John Niven, “Gideon Welles, 5 March 1861–4 March 1869,” in American Secretaries of the Navy, edited by Paolo E. Coletta, et al., 2 vols. (Annapolis, Md., 1980), 1:336–37. 11. ORN, ser. 1, 18:57; and Dewey, Autobiography, 50. 12. Dewey, Autobiography, 50–51. 13. ORN, ser. 1, 18:35, 139, 159–60. 14. William N. Still, Jr., “David
duties of that office in addition to those of CominCh. Roosevelt promptly agreed.20 In exercising his new authority, King had numerous conflicts with Secretary of the Navy Knox and Knox’s successor, James V. Forrestal, as well as with his colleagues on the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Combined Chiefs of Staff (CCS), the group that decided strategy for British and American forces. He also tried to get Roosevelt to give him control of the Navy’s powerful bureaus, which reported to the Secretary
ship he commanded. His victories were not won by courage and superior tactics alone but were the result of careful preparation. Jones took a motley crew on board the Bonhomme Richard and welded it into a team. His letters and actions show the respect he had for his subordinates, though he often failed to give enough credit to the officers who served under him. His writings also suggest a nascent professionalism. His opposition to nepotism and his desire to establish boards to evaluate officers
Caroline to August Belmont, the wealthy, German-born financier who was active in New York Democratic Party circles. After a brief tour of duty with the Mediterranean Squadron in 1815, Perry took a furlough from the Navy and commanded merchantmen owned by his in-laws before returning to the Navy in 1819. During the next eleven years, Perry received several assignments, including his first two commands, and his career progressed steadily. He served with the naval squadron that escorted a group of