By: Ringle, Dennis J.

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202 pp, large 8vo (9 3/16" H). B&w illustrations. "Every aspect of the common sailor's life in the Union navy - such as recruiting, clothing, training, shipboard routine, entertainment, wages, diet, health, and combat experience - is addressed in this study, the first to examine the subject in such detail. The wealth of new facts provided here offers a fresh look at nineteenth-century social history, including such issues as racial integration in the military. As he examines daily life in the Union navy, Dennis Ringle also calls attention to the enlisted sailor's enormous but often overlooked contributions to the development of the U.S. Navy as it moved from wood and sail to steam and iron. Ringle, a marine engineer with more than twenty years of naval experience, describes the lives of the steam engineers whose work laler proved critical to the success of the ironclad monitors and the development of the powerful pre-dreadnought warships. His focus is on the sailors assigned to the western river vessels and the ships enforcing the blockade, and those dispatched to destroy Confederate commerce raiders. To reconstruct daily life, he draws on a large number of published and unpublished diaries, journals, and letters. To put the information in context, he compares the sailor's life to that of a soldier's, including health conditions - to explain why, for example, fewer sailors died from disease than soldiers." Pages 43 to 62 have tiny chips and tears at bottom edge from page shearing process, wrinkling and small tear at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, light soiling on rear panel.