Following a summer of battlefield disasters – Gettysburg, Vicksburg, and Tullahoma in 1863 – what was needed was a glimmer of light, a show of daring, and triumph – of some kind. Confederate John Yates Beall and his band of special volunteers – Maritime Mosby Rangers – would provide all three on the Chesapeake Bay.
Presenter: John Grady | Author
About the Presenter: John Grady, Managing Editor of Navy Times for more than eight years and retired communications director of the Association of the United States Army after 17 years, has his biography on Matthew Fontaine Maury, a leading figure in the United States and Confederate navies and one of the 19th century’s most prominent scientists, published by McFarland Publishing. It is entitled, “Matthew Fontaine Maury: Father of Oceanography.” He also has contributed to the New York Times “Disunion” series, Naval History, Civil War Monitor, Civil War Navy and was a blogger for the Navy’s Sesquicentennial of the Civil War site. He continues writing on national security and defense. He covered the Army deployed in the Balkans during the 1990s and early 2000s and its changes in training and deployment patterns for Afghanistan and Iraq. His later work has regularly appeared on USNI.org.