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Glory in the Name: A Novel of the Confederate Navy Paperback – Apr 13 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
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.
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"'It is, by far, the best Civil War novel I've read; reeking of battle, duty, heroism and tragedy. It's a triumph of imagination and good taut writing'" -- Bernard Cornwell --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
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.
The Civil War, the first war of the Industrial Revolution in this
country, was a war of transition. The massed tactics of the
Napoleonic Wars were made obsolete by the rifled musket.
The U.S. Rifle Musket Model 1861, informally known as the
Springfield, because it was made at the Springfield Arsenal
in Springfield, Massachusetts. It was also the Second American Revolution. At four thirty A.M., on the morning of April 12, 1861, a pull of a lanyard began the Civil War. That was the time it began. That was the time when Fort Sumter
in Charleston Harbor, was attacked. However, it's not about the Confederate Army. If you want to read a series about the
Confederate Army, then read John Jakes' North And South. This is a book, series, actually, about a little-known service in the Civil War, the Confederate States Navy. The CSN, according to the Historical Note at the back of the book, was
founded in February 1861, but had more ships than it did men to serve on them. Why? Very few Southern naval officers resigned their comissions, compared to their Army
brethren. This is the story of one of them. Samuel Bowater was a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy until the attack on Fort Sumter. He resigned his commission in the U.S. Navy and took command of an armed tugboat, and later, an armed riverboat. Nelson covers the problems and privations of life
in the CSN. Bowater hopes that he'll be compared to the greats of naval history, including Lord Nelson, and that the
Confederate States Navy will be remembered. Well, the CSN is all but forgotten today, and the reason why is simple.
Times had changed. 1861 wasn't 1775.
Don't miss this one! It is a fabulous adventure. Being from the "North" I was a little sorry that the protaganoist was a Confederate, but Nelson is nothing if not even handed. He gives credit where credit is due and realizes that there was honor and glory as well as shame and stupidity on both sides. It is that element that makes his books both more complex and more enjoyable than your standard nautical adventure.
What also sets Nelson apart from so many historical novelists in general is a terrific sense of humor. There is blood and thunder galore, here, but also some laugh out loud moments. His characters live and breathe, and they themselves laugh as well as curse the horror and folly of war. And the main character Bowater gets into terrific situations only to think his way out of them in splendid fashion.
Nelson just gets better and better, and he started out near the top of the nautical heap, to be sure. It is such a pleasure to have a contemporary author that one can follow and whose books one can look forward to.
Most recent customer reviews
This novel is highly readable but is somewhat hampered by the second plot which is too unbelievable to be taken seriously. Read morePublished on June 1 2004
A fascinating story and impossible to put down. Nelson once again spins a great yarn. Each Nelson book is better than the last. Read morePublished on May 24 2004 by MLB