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Fire and Thunder: Exploits of the Confederate States Navy, by R. Thomas Campbell

Shippensburg, PA: Burd Street Press, 1997. xiii, 294 pp. Illus, maps, plans, append., notes, bibliog, index. $24.95. ISBN:1-57249-067-5.

Fire and Thunder deals with several aspects of Confederate naval history. Essentially episodic, it covers operations of the CSS Nashville, the first Confederate warship to visit Europe, blockade runners, operations off the Texas coast, and much more besides, in often considerable detail. A useful book, marred by excessive devotion to "the Cause."

Reviewer: A. A. Nofi   

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