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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP24 Jul 2019 3:47 p.m. PST

"July 1863 was recognised both at the time and afterwards as the turning point of the American Civil War. The Union victory at Gettysburg in the first three days of the month, and the surrender of the Confederate fortress of Vicksburg in the 4th, ensured that the days of the Southern Confederacy were numbered. Long and bitter fighting still lay ahead but from this time onwards there could be no doubt that the Union would be restored. The role of the US Navy had been crucial in gaining control of the Mississippi the fall of Vicksburg put its entire length under Union control and no less important was the close blockade of the southern coastline which was to strangle Confederate commerce and strategic imports. Given this concentration of US Naval power in American waters, it is surprising that one of the most dramatic naval actions in July 1863 was when the USS Wyoming engaged Japanese forces.

The background to this action was the Union decision, from the start of the war, to maintain a six-ship Pacific Squadron to protect American interests, strategic and commercial, over this vast area. The first concern was to ensure that the Confederacy should not gain a foothold at any point on the Pacific coast. As this threat receded it was replaced by that of Confederate commerce raiders. The most successful of these, the CSS Alabama, operated on a global basis, including the Indian Ocean and the South Pacific. The American whaling fleets were considered especially vulnerable and the squadron's patrols extended across the North and South Pacific, from Alaska to Chile and as far west as Australia and the Chinese coast, where piracy was a major problem both then and in many years to come…."
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DOUGKL24 Jul 2019 5:19 p.m. PST

I did not know about that incident. Thanks for the link.

Personal logo chicklewis Supporting Member of TMP24 Jul 2019 6:36 p.m. PST

Dawlish Chronicles are always interesting.

Thanks, Armand.

Bozkashi Jones25 Jul 2019 3:17 a.m. PST

Fascinating, and it would make for an interesting game…

Thanks Armand

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP25 Jul 2019 5:33 a.m. PST

Interesting – ironic that the Japanese ships has US names!

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP25 Jul 2019 11:19 a.m. PST

A votre service mes amis!. (smile)


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