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Civil War Articles
Movement around Pope's Army
Timothy Webster, Pinkerton Man and Spy
The Third Day at Gettysburg
Colonel Patrick O'Rorke
Stanley at Shiloh: A Improbable 'Indiana Jones'
Ringgold Cavalry in Alleghenies
Special Order 191: Ruse of War?
15th Illinois Infantry
8th New Hampshire Infantry
Confederate Railroad
Shenandoah Campaign
Fredericksburg Campaign
Commanders and Censors
Unconventional Warfare
Sun Tzu and Overland Campaign
ACW Military Theory
Bear Creek Massacre
Nutmeggers on Antietam Creek
Nathan Bedford Forrest
The City Point Explosion
Dalton to Atlanta-Sherman vs. Johnston
The Maple Leaf Adventure
The Battle of Pea Ridge
History of 138th PA
The Battle of Franklin
Want of Nail: Confederate Ironclads
Battle of Wilson's Creek
Life and Death of the 10th NJ Inf
The Death of General Zook
Barrancas: The First Shots
Custer and the Battle of Waynesboro
Skirmish in the East Woods
The Battle Rainbow
The Mistake of All Mistakes
Stony Hill Tour
6th WI at Gettysburg
Witmer Farm
Barlow's Knoll
Wheatfield at Gettysburg

Larry Parker Articles
From Small Causes, Great Events Part 4
Alfred Thayer Mahan: Advocate for Seapower
From Small Causes, Great Events Part 3
From Small Causes, Great Events Part 2
Nomonhan, 1939 book review
The Fate of the Kido Butai
From Small Causes, Great Events Part 1
Urban Warfare Series
  StuIG at Stalingrad
  "A Time of Testing": Battle for Hue
  Battle of Mogadishu
Only the Admirals were Happy
What if?
Thermopylae, Balaklava and Kokoda
For Want of a Nail
Nomonhan and Okinawa
Pearl Harbor and Midway
Amphibious Assaults in WWII
Sealion vs. Overlord

For Want of a Nail 

Primary Sources

Commager, Henry Steele. The Civil War Archive . New York: Black Dog and Leventhal Publishers, Inc., 2000

Grant, U. S. The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant . New York: Konecky & Konecky, 1992

Porter, Admiral David D. The Naval History of the Civil War . New York: Castle Books, 1984

Scharf, J. Thomas. History of the Confederate States Navy . Avenel, NJ: Gramercy Books, 1996

The War of the Rebellion: Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies

United States Bureau of the Census. Census of 1860.

United States Department of Defense Records

Wheeler, Richard. Voices of the Civil War . New York: Meridian Books, 1976 

Secondary Sources 

Anderson, Bern. By Sea and By River . New York: Random House, 1962

Alexander, Bevin. Lost Victories, The Military Genius of Stonewall Jackson . Edison, NJ: The Blue and Grey Press, 1996

Beringer, Richard E. Why the South Lost the Civil War . Athens: The University of Georgia Press, 1986

Campbell, R. Thomas. Fire and Thunder . Shippenberg, PA: White Mane Publishing Company, Inc. 1997

Campbell, R. Thomas. Gray Thunder . Shippenberg, PA: Burd Street Press, 1996

Campbell, R. Thomas. Southern Thunder . Shippenberg, PA: Burd Street Press, 1996

Campbell, R. Thomas. Southern Fire . Shippenberg, PA: Burd Street Press, 1997

Clausewitz, Carl von. On War . NJ: Princeton University Press, 1989

Furgurson, Ernest B. Chancellorsville 1863 . New York: Vintage Books, 1992

Furgurson, Ernest B. Not War But Murder, Cold Harbor 1864 . New York: Vintage Books, 2000

Gibbons, Tony. Warships and Naval Battles of the Civil War . New York: W. H. Smith Publishers, Inc. 1989

Griffith, Samuel B. Sun Tzu – The Art of War . New York: Oxford University Press, 1971

Hearn, Chester G. The Capture of New Orleans, 1862 . Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 1995

Jomini, Baron Antoine Henri de. The Art of War . Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 1992

Keegan, John. Fields of Battle . London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1995

McKenzie, John D. Uncertain Glory, Lee’s Generalship Re-examined . New York: Hippocrene Books, 1997

McMurry, Richard M. Atlanta 1864, Last Chance for the Confederacy . Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2000

McMurry, Richard M. Two Great Rebel Armies . Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina Press, 1989

McWhiney, Grady. Attack and Die . Tuscaloosa, AL: The University of Alabama Press, 1982

Musicant, Ivan. Divided Waters . New York: Harper Collins Publishers, Inc. 1995

Simson, Jay W. Naval Strategies of the Civil War . Nashville: Cumberland House Publishing, Inc. 2001

Stern, Philip Van Doren. The Confederate Navy . New York: Da Capo Press, 1992

Still, William N. Jr. Iron Afloat . Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1985

Surdam, David G. Northern Naval Superiority and the Economics of the American Civil War . Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2001

Symonds, Craig L. Confederate Admiral . Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1999

Turner, Maxine. Navy Gray . Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 1999

Weigley, Russell F. The American Way of War . New York: Macmillan Publishing Company, Inc., 1973 

Electronic Sources 

Department of the Navy, Naval Historical Center,

Confederate States Navy Research Center, Mobile, Alabama,

National Park Service,

Physical Sources

Port Columbus – Civil War Naval Center, Columbus, GA

The Mariners Museum, Newport News, VA

Hampton Roads Naval Museum, Norfolk, VA

Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg, MS

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Copyright © 2005 Larry Parker

Written by Larry Parker. If you have questions or comments on this article, please contact Larry Parker at:

About the Author:
Lieutenant Commander Larry Parker, United States Navy, served as a Surface Warfare Officer, with afloat tours onboard USS De Wert (FFG-45) as Ordnance & Fire Control Officer, USS Portland (LSD-37) as First Lieutenant, and USS Butte (AE-27) as Operations Officer. Rotations ashore included Navy Reserve Center Cheyenne, Navy & Marine Corps Reserve Center Denver and Navy Reserve Readiness Command Region 16 Minneapolis. He retired in July 2000 and taught Navy Junior ROTC until June 2011. LCDR Parker holds a Bachelor's degree in English and History from the University of Kansas and a Master's degree in Military Studies - Land Warfare from American Military University. In his free time LCDR Parker pursues a lifelong passion for military history. His articles are the result of extensive research and personal experience in surface warfare, fleet logistics and amphibious operations.

Published online: 11/06/2005.
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