From Sail to Steam: Recollections of Naval Life by A. T. (Alfred Thayer) Mahan

By A. T. (Alfred Thayer) Mahan

Alfred Thayer Mahan (1840-1914) was once a usa military officer, geostrategist, and educator. His rules at the significance of sea strength inspired navies world wide, and helped advised naval buildups ahead of global warfare I. regardless of his good fortune within the military, his talents in genuine command of a boat weren't exemplary, and a few vessels less than his command have been thinking about collisions. nevertheless, the books he wrote ashore made him arguably the main influential naval historian. In 1885, he used to be appointed lecturer in naval heritage and strategies and the Naval warfare university. prior to coming into on his tasks, Mahan used to be pointed to jot down his destiny stories and lectures at the impression of sea energy. He geared up his lectures into his so much influential books, The effect of Sea strength upon historical past, 1660-1783 (1890). To a contemporary reader his emphasis on sea-borne trade could appear typical, however the proposal was once even more radical in Mahan?€™s time. His different works comprise: The curiosity of the United States in Sea energy, current and destiny (1897) and kinds of Naval officials (1902).

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There, for instance, is Mr. ” I presume the denunciation was due to B. P. having at one time borrowed an instrument from the department, and returned it thus maltreated. But “practical,” so misapplied—action without thought—was Chauvenet’s red rag. An amusing reminiscence, illustrative of the same common tendency, was told me by General Howard. I had the pleasure of 31 From Sail to Steam: Recollections of Naval Life meeting Howard, then in command of one wing of Sherman’s army, at Savannah, just after the conclusion of the march to the sea, in 1864.

If they were not, so much the worse for eight o’clock. It had to wait quite as imperatively as the sun did for Joshua.

Philip and close to; but when they passed on, so the first lieutenant of one of them told me, the enemy returned to his guns and hammered them severely. This showed that the fort was not seriously injured nor its armament decisively crippled, but that the personnel was completely dominated by the fire of many heavy guns during the critical period required for the smaller as well as larger vessels to pass. As most of the river work was, of this character, the broadsides of the sloops 24 From Sail to Steam: Recollections of Naval Life were determinative, and those of the frigates would have been more so, could they have been brought to the scene; but they could not.

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