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Stephen Russell Mallory: A Biography of the Confederate Navy Secretary and the United States Senatorby Underwood, Rodman L.
Publisher: McFarland Press
Retail Price: $35.00
Issue: Spring 2006
Born in the West Indies and later a resident of Key West, Florida, Stephen Russell Mallory shared a close kinship with the sea. Even after becoming a member of the United States Senate in 1850, he gladly accepted the chairmanship of the Committee on Naval Affairs. Mallory felt obligated to side with his fellow Floridians, however, at the outbreak of the Civil War, and he assumed the role of naval secretary for the newly-formed Confederate government. During the next four years, Mallory championed a strategy that involved the use of ironclad worships and experimental weapons in an unsuccessful effort to penetrate the Union blockade that choked the South.