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Glory In The Name: A Novel of the Confederate Navy [Paperback]

James L Nelson
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April 1 2004
Then call us Rebels if you will we glory in the name, for bending under unjust laws and swearing faith to an unjust cause, we count as greater shame. -- Richmond Daily Dispatch, May 12, 1862

April 12, 1861. With one jerk of a lanyard, one shell arching into the sky, years of tension explode into civil war. And for those men who do not know in which direction their loyalty calls them, it is a time for decisions. Such a one is Lieutenant Samuel Bowater, an officer of the U.S. Navy and a native of Charleston, South Carolina.

Hard-pressed to abandon the oath he swore to the United States, but unable to fight against his home state, Bowater accepts a commission in the nascent Confederate Navy, where captains who once strode the quarterdecks of the world's most powerful ships are now assuming command of paddle wheelers and towboats. Taking charge of the armed tugboat Cape Fear, and then the ironclad Yazoo River, Bowater and his men, against overwhelming odds, engage in the waterborne fight for Southern independence.


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Nelson (By Force of Arms), the author of two nautical series, offers an exciting stand-alone naval warfare adventure. This time his hero is an officer in the battered and ill-equipped Confederate Navy during the American Civil War. Shortly after the fall of Fort Sumter in 1861, Lt. Samuel Bowater resigns his commission in the U.S. Navy, torn between his pledge of loyalty to the Union and his loyalty to his home state, South Carolina. Aided by his family's influence and his previous military experience, he joins the fledgling Confederate Navy, where he is assigned to be captain of an old steam-powered tugboat converted into a gunboat. Like all of Nelson's captains, Bowater is bright, brave, resourceful and disciplined. His crew, however, is a motley collection of landsmen and sailors, men who fall under the influence of the enigmatic chief engineer, Hieronymus Taylor, the violin-playing dictator of the engine room. With the old gunboat and an unpredictable crew, Bowater is at quite a disadvantage in his battles with the powerful Union navy, especially during the spectacular battle for Roanoke Island. Meanwhile, a Mississippi plantation owner, Robley Paine, loses his three sons at the first battle of Bull Run, and he devises a crazy scheme to protect the river frontage of his property. Bowater, Taylor and the crew team up with Paine in a futile defense of New Orleans. This solid story is filled with Civil War and naval history, focusing on steam-powered warships and ironclads and on the courage of men who sailed into shot and shell for a hopeless cause. Nelson also adds suspense, romance and a bit of mystery, leaving plenty of room for the obvious sequel.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

James L. Nelson has served as a seaman, rigger, boatswain, and officer on a number of sailing vessels. He is the author of By Force of Arms, The Maddest Idea, The Continental Risque, Lords of the Ocean, and All the Brave Fellows -- the five books of his Revolution at Sea Saga. -- as well as The Guardship: Book One of the Brethren of the Coast. He lives with his wife and children in Harpswell, Maine.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Congratulations to an Award Winning Author!!!! June 3 2004
Format:Hardcover
Now it can be shouted - James L. Nelson is America's premiere writer of nautical adventure as well as a terrific purveyor of historic fiction! CONGRATULATIONS MR. NELSON FOR A WELL DESERVED AWARD - THE WILLIAM BOYD AWARD FOR BEST MILITARY FICTION OF 2004!!!! Anyone who craves more reading on the Civil War, who loves nautical fiction, or who just wants to read the work of a fine stylist should not miss any of James L. Nelson's novels and particularly not miss this, his latest that won over a panel of judges in a crowded field of contenders. When you combined sharply researched history with memorable characters, gripping action, and lace it all with a dose of Nelsonian wit and humor you can't lose. Enjoy!!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad but..... June 1 2004
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Format:Hardcover
This novel is highly readable but is somewhat hampered by the second plot which is too unbelievable to be taken seriously. The author's incursion into the civil war era is to be commended, but, having read his revolutionary war naval novels, I expected more and it wasn't there. If one concentrates on the exploits surrounding Lt. Bowater, the novel reads better, though it can be tough going at times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Always a great read May 24 2004
By MLB
Format:Hardcover
A fascinating story and impossible to put down. Nelson once again spins a great yarn. Each Nelson book is better than the last. Great characters, unbelievable action sequences, and a fast, fun read. Nelson's books are truly the best of the genre, without exception. Trust me, you won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Books You Will Read This Year Jan. 28 2004
Format:Hardcover
"Ironclads at sea, armies moving by rail, communicating by telegraph. Rifled cannons, rifled rifles, exploding ordinance." They were all Americans, like it or not, all children of that particular genius that was America. How apt then that in less than a year of war, Americans fighting Americans, they should forever alter forever the very nature of warfare."
That paragraph, found late in this marvelous book, truly frames the story that plays out between it's covers.
It comes from a perspective that many of us find at least different and sometimes uncomfortable. It is a story of the Confederate Navy and is told with sympathy and understanding as well as painstaking historical attention to fact.
Samual Bowater, a former officer in the United States Navy has resigned his commission to return to his home, the Confederacy and seeks to help in the only way he knows how, by seeking to serve as a naval officer. He watches from a distance and paints the scene as Fort Sumter is fired on and the Civil War begins.
Robey Paine, a man of Mississippi with three sons to send to fight for the Confederacy believes that all of them have been lost in battle. A certian madness is the result, which will find him commissioning the conversion of a ship to an ironclad and leads him to the discovery that one of his som's has survived.
This is a moving story of a small part of the Civil War which shows it's horror and it's passion in way that is compelling.
Although I live in Maine, as does the author - about 25 miles from me - I was unaware of his writing until this book was recommended to my wife by an insightful bookstore clerk as a Christmas present for me. It is, I believe, the best book I have read in quite some time and it has already started me ordering other books written by James Nelson and looking forward to his next effort. I would give it ten stars if I could.
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