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Hearn, Chester G.

Works: 42 works in 148 publications in 1 language and 17,504 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Pictorial works  Military history 
Roles: Author, Other
Classifications: E472.88, 973.7092
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Most widely held works by Chester G Hearn
The capture of New Orleans, 1862 by Chester G Hearn( )
10 editions published between 1995 and 2005 in English and held by 2,106 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( )
5 editions published between 1996 and 1999 in English and held by 1,970 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( )
7 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,824 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
While numerous accounts exist of President Abraham LincolnÆs often-troubled dealings with either his cabinet or his generals, Chester G. HearnÆs illuminating history provides the first broad synthesis of LincolnÆs 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. Turning first to LincolnÆs cabinet, Hearn explains that Lincoln exercised a unique decision-making process: he reached a firm conclusion o
When the devil came down to Dixie Ben Butler in New Orleans by Chester G Hearn( )
6 editions published between 1997 and 2000 in English and held by 1,780 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Much controversy exists concerning Major General Benjamin F. Butler's administration in New Orleans during the second year of the Civil War. Some historians have extolled the general as a great humanitarian, while others have vilified him as a brazen opportunist, agreeing with the wealthy of occupied New Orleans who labeled him "Beast" Butler. In this thorough examination of Butler's career in the Crescent City, Chester G. Hearn reveals that both assessments are right. As a criminal lawyer prior to entering politics, Butler learned two great lessons--how to beat the rich and powerful at their o
Sorties into hell the hidden war on Chichi Jima by Chester G Hearn( )
9 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 1,424 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 o
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 1,280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This book tells the story of the scientific talent and technological prowess of two nations that joined forces to connect themselves with a communications cable that would change the world. In 1855 an American visionary named Cyrus West Field, who knew nothing about telegraphy, sought to establish a monopoly on telegraphic revenues between North America and Europe. Field and the wealthy New Yorkers who formed the first Atlantic cable-laying company never suspected that spanning the vast and stormy Atlantic would require 11 years of frustration and horrific financial sacrifice. The enterprise would eventually engage some of the most brilliant minds in England, Scotland, and the United States, attracting men of science, men of wealth, and men of curiosity
Carriers in combat the air war at sea by Chester G Hearn( )
8 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 1,259 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."--BOOK JACKET
Lincoln and McClellan at war by Chester G Hearn( )
8 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 1,044 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."--Project Muse
The impeachment of Andrew Johnson by Chester G Hearn( Book )
5 editions published between 2000 and 2007 in English and held by 481 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 )
5 editions published between 1992 and 1996 in English and held by 467 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ellet's Brigade : the strangest outfit of all by Chester G Hearn( Book )
4 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 378 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 )
7 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 366 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Tracks in the Sea traces the arc of Maury's remarkable life from his birth in 1806 on a hardscrabble Virginia farm, the seventh of nine children, to a navy career culminating in the superintendency of the newly created U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington. Self-taught and self-made, as passionate in his condemnation of bureaucratic incompetence as he was in his scientific explorations, Maury earned great admirers who would help his career and great enemies who would strive to sabotage it. With the outbreak of the Civil War, he abandoned his life's work to offer his services to his native South
Admiral David Glasgow Farragut : the Civil War years by Chester G Hearn( Book )
5 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 359 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 )
5 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Mobile Bay and the Mobile campaign : the last great battles of the Civil War by Chester G Hearn( Book )
3 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Marines : an illustrated history : the U.S. Marine Corps from 1775 to the 21st century by Chester G Hearn( Book )
2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 261 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 )
4 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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
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 201 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 )
2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Hearn, Chet G.
Hearn, Chet G., 1932-
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