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Hearn, Chester G.

Works: 48 works in 185 publications in 1 language and 16,643 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Pictorial works  Military history  Maps  Miscellanea 
Roles: Author, Other
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Most widely held works by Chester G Hearn
The capture of New Orleans 1862 by Chester G Hearn( )

12 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 2,202 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On April 24, 1862, Federal gunboats made their way past two Confederate forts to ascend the Mississippi, and the Union navy captured the city of New Orleans. How did the South lose its most important city? In this exhaustively researched, authoritative, well-argued study, Chester Hearn examines the decisions, actions, individuals, and events that brought about the capture of New Orleans - and forever weakened the Confederate war machine. Hearn directs his inquiry to the heart of government, both Union and Confederate, and takes a hard look at the selection of military and naval leaders, the use of natural and financial resources, and the performances of all personnel involved. The decisions of Jefferson Davis, Stephen R. Mallory, and three Confederate secretaries of war, he holds, were as much to blame for the fall of New Orleans as David Farragut's warships. Hearn also scrutinizes the role of Major General Mansfield Lovell and evaluates the investigation that ended his career. Hearn's explorations bring us into a flourishing New Orleans and introduce Louisiana leaders Thomas O. Moore and the debilitated old men sent to prepare the state for war: Major General David E. Twiggs and Commodore Lawrence Rousseau. We follow their trifling efforts to defend the lower Mississippi and General Lovell's frustrations in attempting to arm forts and obtain cooperation from the navy, and we come to understand the dismay of such leaders as P.G.T. Beauregard and Braxton Bragg as they witnessed this bungling. Hearn traces the building of the ironclads Manassas, Louisiana, and Mississippi, and investigates the reason for their failure to defend New Orleans
Six years of hell : Harpers Ferry during the Civil War by Chester G Hearn( )

6 editions published between 1996 and 1999 in English and held by 2,154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Most written accounts of Harpers Ferry, Virginia, during the Civil War era begin and end with John Brown's raid in 1859 and his subsequent hanging. In Six Years of Hell, Chester G. Hearn tells in colorful style the harrowing story of the war years from Brown's arrival in July, 1859, through the early months of Reconstruction in the summer of 1865. Hearn vividly recounts the catastrophic effects of the war on Harpers Ferry. It was invaded by General Kenton Harper once and Stonewall Jackson twice, and it survived two attacks by Jubal Early and one each by Generals Joseph B. Kershaw and Lafayette McLaws. With Jackson's assistance, Joseph E. Johnston destroyed the town's industry, bridges, and canal in the spring of 1861. Thereafter it endured continual harassment from Virginia cavalry and independent partisan bands. Often left without protection from either side, the town at times became a no man's land vulnerable to looters and armed bushwhackers. Relying heavily on records left by the townsfolk who weathered the war and the soldiers who garrisoned the town, Hearn treats the civilian experience as fully as he does military activities. He makes continual reference to the people who attempted to stay in their homes, protect their possessions, and get along with the soldiers during the conflict. As Hearn clearly demonstrates, for those stouthearted individuals, the Civil War was truly six years of hell
Lincoln, the cabinet, and the generals by Chester G Hearn( )

8 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,949 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While numerous accounts exist of President Abraham Lincoln's often-troubled dealings with either his cabinet or his generals, Chester G. Hearn's illuminating history provides the first broad synthesis of Lincoln's complex relationship with both groups. As such, it casts new light on much of the behind-the-scenes interplay, intrigue, and sparring between the president and his advisors and military commanders during the most precarious years of the Civil War. Hearn next demonstrates convincingly that even with these difficulties, Lincoln manipulated his cabinet far more adroitly than he did his generals. Many of Lincoln's top military commanders had political aspirations or agendas of their own, while others were close friends of his intransigent cabinet members. Having assumed the role as de facto army chief, Lincoln took responsibility for the mishandling of battles fought by his generals, some of whom were incompetent and unmanageable politicians. Hearn examines the often-disastrous generalship and its impact on Lincoln and the cabinet, as well as the public, the press, and Congress
Sorties into hell : the hidden war on Chichi Jima by Chester G Hearn( )

10 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 1,569 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In October 1946, Colonel Presley Rixey arrived by destroyer at Chichi Jima to repatriate 22,000 Japanese who had been bypassed during the war in the Pacific. While waiting for a Marine battalion to arrive, the colonel met daily with a Japanese commission assigned to assist him. When asked what had happened to American prisoners on the island, the Japanese hatched a story to hide the atrocities that they had committed. In truth, the downed flyers had been captured, executed, and eaten by certain senior Japanese officers. This is the story of the investigation, the cover-up, and the last hours of those Americans who disappeared into war's wilderness and whose remains were distributed to the cooking galleys of Chichi Jima." "Rixey's suspicion of a cover-up was later substantiated by a group of Americans returning from Japan who had lived on Chichi Jima for generations. It would take five months of gathering testimony to uncover all the details. Thirty war criminals were eventually tried at Guam in 1947, five of whom met their fate on the gallows."--Jacket
Lincoln and McClellan at war by Chester G Hearn( )

10 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 1,295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At the beginning of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln and his highest-ranking general, George B. McClellan, agreed that the United States must preserve the Union. Their differing strategies for accomplishing that goal, however, created constant conflict. In Lincoln and McClellan at War, Chester G. Hearn explores this troubled relationship, revealing its complexity and showing clearly why the two men -- both inexperienced with war -- eventually parted ways. A staunch Democrat who never lost his acrimony toward Republicans -- including the president -- McClellan first observed Lincoln as an attorney representing the Illinois Central Railroad and immediately disliked him. This underlying bias followed thirty-five-year-old McClellan into his role as general--in-chief of the Union army. Lincoln, a man without military training, promoted McClellan on the advice of cabinet members and counted on '"Little Mac'" to whip the army into shape and end the war quickly. McClellan comported himself with great confidence and won Lincoln's faith by brilliantly organizing the Army of the Potomac. Later, however, he lost Lincoln's trust by refusing to send what he called 'the best army on the planet' into battle. The more frustrated Lincoln grew with McClellan's inaction, the more Lincoln studied authoritative works on military strategy and offered strategic combat advice to the general. McClellan resented the president's suggestions and habitually deflected them. Ultimately, Lincoln removed McClellan for what the president termed 'the slows.' According to Hearn, McClellan's intransigence stemmed largely from his reluctance to fight offensively. Thoroughly schooled in European defensive tactics, McClellan preferred that approach to fighting the war. His commander-in-chief, on the other hand, had a preference for using offensive tactics. This compelling study of two important and diverse figures reveals how personality and politics prolonged the Civil War
Circuits in the sea : the men, the ships, and the Atlantic cable by Chester G Hearn( )

8 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 1,105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Message time would be cut from more than four weeks to about two minutes. Such a feat would not have been possible without the massive ship the Great Eastern, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Britain's foremost engineer, or the financial backing of Thomas Brassey, the era's greatest builder of railroads."
Carriers in combat : the air war at sea by Chester G Hearn( )

10 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 1,096 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From the first improvised wooden platforms to today's nuclear powered supercarriers, Hearn explores how combat experience of key individuals drove the development technology and tactics of carriers in the world's navies."--Jacket
The impeachment of Andrew Johnson by Chester G Hearn( Book )

6 editions published between 2000 and 2007 in English and held by 498 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"While it is commonly known that Andrew Johnson was the first president to be impeached, less well known are the circumstances that led to the unsuccessful campaign to remove him from office. This full account of Johnson's political life in Washington (and, briefly, his early career in Tennessee) focuses on his conflict with the Radical Republicans, and clearly illustrates the danger when one branch of government tries to dominate the others."--Jacket
Gray raiders of the sea : how eight Confederate warships destroyed the Union's high seas commerce by Chester G Hearn( Book )

6 editions published between 1992 and 1996 in English and held by 459 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ellet's Brigade : the strangest outfit of all by Chester G Hearn( Book )

5 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 395 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The army lost or destroyed many of the brigade's records upon its dissolution, but through painstaking research Hearn has constructed its colorful history, Filling a void in the annals of operations along the Mississippi, Tennessee, and Red Rivers, Ellet's Brigade will be welcomed by scholars and buffs alike as a rare glimpse into one of the few remaining unexplored facets of the Civil War."--Jacket
Tracks in the sea : Matthew Fontaine Maury and the mapping of the oceans by Chester G Hearn( Book )

8 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 358 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Though despised by Southern leaders (including Jefferson Davis), Maury contributed the pilot and track charts that played a critical role in the Confederate raiders' destruction of Union shipping."--Jacket
Admiral David Glasgow Farragut : the Civil War years by Chester G Hearn( Book )

6 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 356 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

No admiral in America's Civil War fought with more distinction than David Glasgow Farragut, the first admiral of the U.S. Navy. Yet despite being considered by historians the most important American naval officer before World War II, no substantial biography of Farragut has been published in more than fifty years. Noted historian Chester Hearn's use of previously untapped family and archival records make this long-anticipated study worth waiting for. His history not only fully describes Farragut's extraordinary naval exploits but also his lifelong involvement with Capt. David Porter, his foster father, and David Dixon Porter, his foster brother - making this the most complete and illuminating picture ever assembled of one of America's greatest naval heroes. Focusing primarily on the Civil War, Hearn uses recently discovered family correspondence to detail Farragut's relationships with the elder Porter, who signed up Farragut as a seagoing midshipman in the U.S. Navy at the age of nine, and with Porter's son, the only other full admiral to emerge from the Civil War. Under the senior Porter's tutelage, Farragut by the age of thirteen had participated in more action during the War of 1812 than many of the Navy's senior officers. Farragut's legendary leadership is showcased in Hearn's thrilling description of the Battle of Mobile Bay. The author's detailed chronicle of Farragut's command of the West Gulf Blockading Squadron, crowned by the capture of New Orleans and Port Hudson, reestablishes Farragut's nearly forgotten legacy
Admiral David Dixon Porter : the Civil War years by Chester G Hearn( Book )

7 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Nearly forgotten because his career and accomplishments have often been misinterpreted, David Dixon Porter takes his rightful place among the foremost naval heroes of the Civil War in this richly detailed, entertaining history. Porter rose faster through the ranks, commanded more men and ships, won more victories, and was awarded more congressional votes of thanks than any other officer in the U.S. Navy. His own postwar writings, however, were so flawed by an unquenchable ego, a thin skin, and a burning desire to vindicate his father, David Porter, a controversial naval hero in the War of 1812, that historians have neglected him." "Drawing on the correspondence and journals of Porter's allies and enemies, both military and political, as well as official documents and the admiral's own volume of papers, the noted naval writer Chester Hearn sets the record straight. This account brings to life the firebrand hero of New Orleans, Arkansas Post, Vicksburg, and Fort Fisher, whose unique tactics and techniques rank among the most imaginative and successful in naval history. On board Porter's flagship readers can witness daring, brilliant attacks against the punishing batteries at Vicksburg and Fort Fisher and the costly failures at Steele's Bayou and Red River. They can sit in on the critical strategy meetings with Sherman and Grant, and the thrilling chase up and down the coast of South America after Semmes on the CSS Sumter." "A talented fighter and colorful personality with a marvelous sense of humor, Porter earned respect and friendship from the likes of Lincoln, Grant, and Sherman, but drew the ire of political generals like Butler, Banks, and McClernand."--BOOK JACKET
Mobile Bay and the Mobile campaign : the last great battles of the Civil War by Chester G Hearn( Book )

4 editions published between 1993 and 1998 in English and held by 270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Marines : an illustrated history : the U.S. Marine Corps from 1775 to the 21st century by Chester G Hearn( Book )

4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

USAs Marine Corps (USMC) historie og udvikling. USMC blev oprettet 10. november 1775, og har spillet en stor rolle i USAs historie lige siden, idet USMC har deltaget i alle de oversøiske konflikter USA har været involveret i. USMC indsats i Stillehavet under 2. Verdenskrig var især vigtig for krigens udfald her. I vore dage er USMC blevet et selvstændigt værn med tunge våbensystemer som kampvogne og kampfly og tildels egen logistik
George Washington's Schooners : the first American navy by Chester G Hearn( Book )

5 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Though never an overpowering force, Washington's flotilla of eight fast, lightly armed ships harassed British supply lines along the New England coast for twenty-six months beginning in the fall of 1775. Manned by seamen from his army who longed to show King George who owned the colonial coast, the schooners captured fifty-five prizes and accelerated the British decision to evacuate Boston. Chester Hearn's analyses of Washington's naval leadership show that Washington, though the man least likely to appreciate the importance of seapower, was the very person who seemed to understand it best. He had his little squadron at sea months before the Continental Congress finally agreed to pass an appropriation to finance the first Continental fleet, and much of the early naval policy that followed had its foundation in Washington's instructions to his captains. In telling the story of Washington's schooners, Hearn brings to life the early days of America's war for independence with tales of perseverance, courage, and sacrifice. He describes a motley collection of captains, sailors, marines, and naval agents, recounts the fledgling navy's successes and failures, and examines the reactions of both the Royal Navy and the emerging American nation. It is at once an exciting tale of adventure and authentic, little-known history
Army : an illustrated history : the U.S. Army from 1775 to the 21st century by Chester G Hearn( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A fresh look at the U.S. Army's entire history, with an emphasis on recent operations including Afghanistan and Iraq
Navy : an illustrated history ; the U.S. Navy from 1775 to the 21st century by Chester G Hearn( Book )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Air Force : an illustrated history : the U.S. Air Force from the 1910s to the 21st century by Chester G Hearn( Book )

3 editions published between 2008 and 2015 in English and held by 188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Civil War : state by state by Chester G Hearn( Book )

2 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Looks at the war from the perspective of the forty-five states and territories that existed during the period. It looks at the politics of each; the battles fought; the regiments raised; the famous people, soldiers, sailors and very occasional airmen who played their part
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The capture of New Orleans 1862
Six years of hell : Harpers Ferry during the Civil WarLincoln, the cabinet, and the generalsSorties into hell : the hidden war on Chichi JimaCircuits in the sea : the men, the ships, and the Atlantic cableCarriers in combat : the air war at seaThe impeachment of Andrew JohnsonGray raiders of the sea : how eight Confederate warships destroyed the Union's high seas commerceEllet's Brigade : the strangest outfit of all
Alternative Names
Hearn, Chet G.

Hearn, Chet G., 1932-

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