WorldCat Identities

Symonds, Craig L.

Works: 63 works in 292 publications in 2 languages and 22,269 library holdings
Genres: History  Maps  Biography  Personal narratives  Guidebooks  Naval history  Anecdotes  Sources  Diaries  Scientific atlases 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: G1201.S5, B
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Craig L Symonds
A battlefield atlas of the Civil War by Craig L Symonds( )

10 editions published between 1983 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 1,142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains 45 full page maps showing military positions. Includes accompanying description
A battlefield atlas of the American Revolution by Craig L Symonds( )

14 editions published between 1986 and 2009 in English and held by 1,023 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the major battles of the American Revolution in brief text and a reproducible map for each battle or campaign
Lincoln and his admirals by Craig L Symonds( Book )

22 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 994 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reveals how Abraham Lincoln managed the men who ran the naval side of the Civil War and transformed himself into one of the greatest naval strategists of his age, in an account of the commander-in-chief during the Civil War
The Battle of Midway by Craig L Symonds( Book )

17 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 867 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A close-up look at the battle of Midway Island analyzes this crucial naval victory, which marked the turning point for the American fleet in the Pacific theater of World War II
Joseph E. Johnston : a Civil War biography by Craig L Symonds( Book )

9 editions published between 1992 and 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 852 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"General Joseph E. Johnston was in command of Confederate forces at the South's first victory--Manassas in July 1861--and at its last--Bentonville in April 1865. Many of his contemporaries considered him the greatest Southern field commander of the war; others ranked him second only to Robert E. Lee. To Ulysses S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman, he was the Union's most skilful opponent. But Johnston remains an enigma. His battlefield victories were never decisive. He failed to save Confederate forces under siege by Grant at Vicksburg, and he retreated deep into Georgia in the face of Sherman's march. His intense feud with Jefferson Davis ensured the collapse of the Confederacy's western campaign in 1864, and made Johnston the focus of a political schism within the government. Craig Symonds gives us a rousing narrative of Johnston's Civil War, and the first rounded portrait of the general as a public and private man."--Jacket
Decision at sea : five naval battles that shaped American history by Craig L Symonds( Book )

17 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 820 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From thunderous broadsides traded between wooden sailing ships on Lake Erie, to the carrier battles of World War II, to the devastating high-tech action in the Persian Gulf, here is a gripping history of five key battles that defined the evolution of naval warfare-and the course of the American nation. Acclaimed military historian Craig Symonds offers spellbinding narratives of crucial engagements, showing how each battle reveals the transformation of technology and weaponry from one war to the next; how these in turn transformed naval combat; and how each event marked a milestone in American history. Oliver Hazard Perry's heroic victory at Lake Erie, one of the last great battles of the Age of Sail, which secured the Northwestern frontier for the United States The brutal Civil War duel between the ironclads Monitor and Virginia, which sounded the death knell for wooden-hulled warships and doomed the Confederacy's hope of besting the Union navy Commodore Dewey's stunning triumph at Manila Bay in 1898, where the U.S. displayed its "new navy" of steel-hulled ships firing explosive shells and wrested an empire from a fading European power The hairsbreadth American victory at Midway, where aircraft carriers launched planes against enemies 200 miles away-and where the tide of World War II turned in the space of a few furious minutes Operation Praying Mantis in the Persian Gulf, where computers, ship-fired missiles, and "smart bombs" not only changed the nature of warfare at sea, but also marked a new era, and a new responsibility, for the United States. Symonds records these encounters in detail so vivid that readers can hear the wind in the rigging and feel the pounding of the guns. Yet he places every battle in a wide perspective, revealing their significance to America's development as it grew from a new Republic on the edge of a threatening frontier to a global superpower. Decision at Sea is a powerful and illuminating look at pivotal moments in the history of the Navy and of the United States. It is also a compelling study of the unchanging demands of leadership at sea, where commanders must make rapid decisions in the heat of battle with lives-and the fate of nations-hanging in the balance."
The Civil War at sea by Craig L Symonds( Book )

10 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and held by 787 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This work provides an assessment of the crucial roles played by the Union and Confederate navies in the Civil War
Stonewall of the West : Patrick Cleburne and the Civil War by Craig L Symonds( Book )

5 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 718 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To Jefferson Davis, he was the "Stonewall of the West"; to Robert E. Lee, he was "a meteor shining from a clouded sky"; and to Braxton Bragg, he was an officer "ever alive to a success." He was Patrick Ronayne Cleburne, one of the greatest of all Confederate field commanders. An Irishman by birth, Cleburne emigrated to the United States in 1849 at the age of 21. He achieved only modest success in the peacetime South but rose rapidly in the wartime army to become the Confederacy's finest division commander. He was admired by peers and subordinates alike for his leadership, loyalty, honesty, and fearlessness in the face of enemy fire. The valor of his command was so inspirational that his unit alone was allowed to carry its own distinctive battle flag. Here, Craig Symonds offers the first full-scale critical biography of this compelling figure. He explores all the sources of Cleburne's commitment to the Southern cause, his growth as a combat leader from Shiloh to Chickamauga, and his emergence as one of the Confederacy's most effective field commanders at Missionary Ridge, Ringgold Gap, and Pickett's Mill. In addition, Symonds unravels the "mystery" of Spring Hill and recounts Cleburne's dramatic and untimely death (at the age of 36) at Franklin, Tennessee, where he charged the enemy line on foot after having had two horses shot from under him. Symonds also explores Cleburne's role in the complicated personal politics of the Army of Tennessee, as well as his astonishing proposal that the decimated Confederate ranks be filled by ending slavery and arming blacks against the Union. Symonds's definitive and immensely readable narrative casts new light on Cleburne, on the Army of Tennessee, and on the Civil War in the West. It finally and firmly establishes Cleburne's rightful place in the pantheon of Southern military heroes.--From dust jacket
American heritage history of the Battle of Gettysburg by Craig L Symonds( Book )

3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 695 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Includes an "order of battle" and a portfolio of Gettysburg battlefield monuments
Neptune : the Allied invasion of Europe and the D-Day landings by Craig L Symonds( Book )

9 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 664 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"On June 6, 1944, 160,000 Allied troops landed along 50 miles of French coastline to battle German forces on the beaches of Normandy. D-Day, as it would come to be known, would eventually lead to the liberation of Western Europe, and was a critical step in the road to victory in World War II. Yet the story begins long before the Higgins landing craft opened their doors and men spilled out onto the beaches to face a storm of German bullets. The invasion, and the victories that followed, would not have been possible without the massive naval operation that led up to it: Neptune. From the moment British forces evacuated the beaches of Dunkirk in 1940, Allied planners began to consider how, when, and where they would re-enter the European continent. Once in the war, the Americans, led by George Marshall, wanted to invade in a year's time. The British were convinced this would be a tragic mistake. Allied forces would be decimated by the Wehrmacht. When Operation Overlord
The New York Times complete Civil War, 1861-1865( )

10 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 652 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The New York Times, established in 1851, was one of the few newspapers with correspondents on the front lines throughout the Civil War. The Complete Civil War collects every article written about the war from 1861 to 1865, plus select pieces before and after the war and is filled with the action, politics, and personal stories of this monumental event. From the first shot fired at Fort Sumter to the surrender at Appomattox, and from the Battle of Antietam to the Battle of Atlanta, as well as articles on slavery, states rights, the role of women, and profiles of noted heroes such as Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee, the era comes alive through these daily first-hand accounts. More than 600 of the most crucial and interesting articles in the book?typeset and designed for easy reading. Strikingly designed and illustrated with hundreds of maps, historical photographs, and engravings, this book is a treasure for Civil War and history buffs everywhere. -Publisher's description
The Naval Institute historical atlas of the U.S. Navy by Craig L Symonds( )

11 editions published between 1995 and 2001 in English and held by 647 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents an illustrated history of American naval warfare beginning with the Revolutionary War and concluding with a look at the Navy going into the twenty-first century, with maps that pinpoint the locations of U.S. ships, and discussion of the rising and falling forturnes of the Navy over the years
Hearts touched by fire : the best of Battles and leaders of the Civil War by Craig L Symonds( Book )

3 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 629 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An anthology of excerpts from the four-volume classic "Battles and Leaders of the Civil War" features first-hand recollections by the Civil War's commanders and subordinates on both sides, with commentary by such leading scholars as James McPherson and Joan Waugh
A battlefield atlas of the Civil War by Craig L Symonds( )

16 editions published between 1973 and 1998 in English and held by 586 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains 49 full page maps showing military positions. Includes accompanying description
Gettysburg, a battlefield atlas by Craig L Symonds( )

7 editions published between 1992 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 518 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides a narrative history and cartographic display of the Battle of Gettysburg
A year on a monitor and the destruction of Fort Sumter by Alvah Folsom Hunter( Book )

5 editions published between 1987 and 1991 in English and held by 489 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At the age of 16, Alvah F. Hunter enlisted in the Navy and was assigned to a Union Civil War monitor. He engaged in 19 sea battles, principally in the destruction of the batteries that protected Charleston, S.C., thereby closing the ports to blockade runners. In 1863, he received an honorable discharge as a "1st Class Cabin Boy." The following year, he joined the Signal Corps of the Army, where he served until the war was over. He later married and became a father and a successful businessman, although he is known to Civil War historians solely on the basis of his manuscript, A Year on a Monitor and the Destruction of Fort Sumter. The memoir is believed to have been written during the war or shortly thereafter and is virtually the only writing in print by an enlisted person during the Civil War era
The U.S. Navy : a concise history by Craig L Symonds( Book )

6 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 478 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A fast-paced narrative traces the emergence of the United States Navy as a global power from its birth during the American Revolution through to its current superpower status. --Publisher's description
The Lincoln assassination : crime and punishment, myth and memory by Harold Holzer( Book )

16 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Here is an informative and provocative collection of essays about Lincoln's assassination and the place it occupies in American history and culture. The authors are not only in full command of their special approaches to the subject, but they fully command our interest and respect, as well. This is a must."--William Hanchett, author of The Lincoln Murder Conspiracies and the documentary Black Easter
Exploring Lincoln : great historians reappraise our greatest president( Book )

6 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ubiquitous and enigmatic, the historical Lincoln, the literary Lincoln, even the cinematic Lincoln have all proved both fascinating and irresistible. Though some 16,000 books have been written about him, there is always more to say, new aspects of his life to consider, new facets of his persona to explore. Enlightening and entertaining, Exploring Lincoln offers a selection of sixteen papers presented at the Lincoln Forum symposia over the past three years. Shining new light on particular aspects of Lincoln and his tragically abbreviated presidency, Exploring Lincoln presents a compelling snapshot of current Lincoln scholarship and a fascinating window into understanding America's greatest president
Union combined operations in the Civil War( Book )

5 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 197 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Despite a wealth of books on the campaigns of the American Civil War, the subject of combined or joint operations has been largely neglected. This revealing book offers ten case studies of combined army-navy operations by Union forces. The essays are presented in chronological order, and each illuminates an aspect of combined operations during a time of changing technology and doctrine. The essays cover the war along the 'rebel coast', including the operations in the North Carolina Sounds in 1861, the Union thrusts up the York and James rivers during the Peninsular Campaign in 1862 and 1864, and the various Union efforts to seize rebel seaports from the Texas coast to Charleston and Washington in 1863-65. Concluding the volume are two essays that evaluate the impact of Union combined operations on subsequent doctrine in both the United States and England"--Jacket
moreShow More Titles
fewerShow Fewer Titles
Audience Level
Audience Level
  Kids General Special  
Audience level: 0.20 (from 0.03 for The Civil ... to 0.36 for Exploring ...)

A battlefield atlas of the American Revolution
Alternative Names
Craig Symonds American historian

Craig Symonds Amerikaans militair historicus

Craig Symonds historiador estadounidense

Symonds, Craig

シモンズ, クレイグ・L

English (196)

Japanese (1)

Lincoln and his admiralsThe Battle of MidwayJoseph E. Johnston : a Civil War biographyDecision at sea : five naval battles that shaped American historyThe Civil War at seaStonewall of the West : Patrick Cleburne and the Civil WarAmerican heritage history of the Battle of GettysburgThe New York Times complete Civil War, 1861-1865