So who exactly was Matthew Fontaine Maury, and what is his statue doing on Richmond's Monument Avenue? The Maury statue testifies to a largely forgotten chapter of Richmond’s Civil War history: the naval defense of the Confederate capital. Headquarters for the Confederate Navy Department, Richmond was also home to the James River Squadron and the site of one of the South's most prolific shipbuilding operations and a sprawling "naval-industrial complex." This course will introduce students to Richmond's naval history and, more generally, to the Confederacy's "brown water" navy. Dr. John M. Coski is historian and director of library and research at the Museum of the Confederacy. He is author of Capital Navy: The Men, Ships, and Operations of the James River Squadron (1996, 2005), "A Navy Department, Hitherto Unknown to Our State Organization," in Virginia at War 1861 (2005), and The Confederate Battle Flag: America's Most Embattled Emblem (2005). (vahistoricalsociety)
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