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Our founding fathers’ dream for a canal linking the Chesapeake Bay ports to the western territories of Ohio and beyond was the equivalent of our generation’s dream to land on the moon. Like the space program, the vision for the C&O Canal was to facilitate travel, communication, and commerce between people and places. But unlike the space program, it fell far short of those goals.
Though the Civil War is remembered for its land battles, naval engagements shaped a significant war on the water. Maritime historian Andrew Jampoler looks at the Union and Confederate naval leaders, strategies, ships, and battles that helped define the conflict's outcome.