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Confederate Naval Chief Stephen R. Malloryby Durkin, Joseph T.
Publisher: University of Alabama Press
Retail Price: $29.95
Issue: Spring 2006
Described by author Joseph Durkin as a man of heart, Stephen Mallory harbored a deep passion for his family, friends, and education. In fact, Mallory's intellectual curiosity allowed him to move quickly through the ranks of the civil service to become Secretary of the Navy for the newly-formed Confederate States of American in February 1861. He quickly recognized the Union's naval superiority and implemented a plan to cripple the North's vulnerable merchant marine. Mallory sought to ensure the success of this strategy with the creation of the first ironclad vessel, the Virginia. While the approach ultimately failed to secure victory for the South, Mallory's four years as Confederate Naval Chief did much to revolution naval science.