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Issue: #[1861-1865]
Published: 1961, Price: 0.00 FREE, Pages: 36, Editing:
Color: Color Dimensions: Standard Silver Age US Paper Stock: Newsprint Cover And Interior Binding: Saddle-stitched Publishing Format:
Notes: "By Stokes Walesby and Theodore Roscoe. ©1961 copyright by Stokes Walesby, Wash., D.C. Distributed free on racks of naval recruitment brochures, including post offices. On-sale date from 1961 Books and Pamphlets, Copyright Office, Library of Congress.
 Comic Contents:
Cover (2 pages)
Credits: Pencils: Herbert S. Walesby [Stokes Walesby] | Inks: Herbert S. Walesby [Stokes Walesby]
Genre: Non-fiction History War

Illustration (1 page) Sea Ports: Key to Victory
Credits: Script: Theodore Roscoe | Pencils: Herbert S. Walesby [Stokes Walesby] | Inks: Herbert S. Walesby [Stokes Walesby]

Comic Story (5 pages) Background to Seawarfare 1861
Synopsis: The Civil War finds both sides unready for naval warfare. The Confederacy seizes several forts, and the U.S. has to scuttle numerous ships to keep them out of Confederate hands. The U.S., though, has far more industrial capacity. They build ships quickly, and plan a strategy of blockading and seizing Confederate ports.
Credits: Script: Theodore Roscoe | Pencils: Herbert S. Walesby [Stokes Walesby] | Inks: Herbert S. Walesby [Stokes Walesby]
Genre: Non-fiction War
Characters: Abraham Lincoln Gideon Welles Stephen Mallory Robert E. Lee Ben Isherwood Hiram Paulding U.S. Sailors Confederate Militia

Comic Story (2 pages) Potomac Curtain Raiser
Synopsis: U.S. naval vessels unsuccessfully try shellfire and amphibious assault to capture Confederate cannon overlooking the Potomac River. Commander Ward is the first U.S. naval officer to open fire in the Civil War, and the first to die. Seaman John Williams is one of the first to receive the Medal of Honor.
Credits: Script: Theodore Roscoe | Pencils: Herbert S. Walesby [Stokes Walesby] | Inks: Herbert S. Walesby [Stokes Walesby]
Genre: Non-fiction War
Characters: Hiram Paulding James H. Ward John Williams

Comic Story (2 pages) Thunder on the Seaboard: Navy vs. Hatteras and Port Royal
Synopsis: The U.S. suffers a series of embarrassing naval defeats. But Welles finds the leaders to capture key ports in North and South Carolina.
Credits: Script: Theodore Roscoe | Pencils: Herbert S. Walesby [Stokes Walesby] | Inks: Herbert S. Walesby [Stokes Walesby]
Genre: Non-fiction War
Characters: James D. Bulloch Abraham Lincoln Gideon Welles Silas Stringham Samuel F. DuPont

Comic Story (2 pages) Transatlantic Storm: The Trent Affair
Synopsis: Commander Wilkes intemperately grabs two Confederate envoys from a British mail packet. Hotheads in Britain and America scream for war, but Lincoln releases the envoys and Queen Victoria forbids hostilities.
Credits: Script: Theodore Roscoe | Pencils: Herbert S. Walesby [Stokes Walesby] | Inks: Herbert S. Walesby [Stokes Walesby]
Genre: Non-fiction War
Characters: Charles Wilkes James M. Mason John Slidell Abraham Lincoln Viscount Palmerston Queen Victoria

Comic Story (4 pages) War on the "Catfish Front"
Synopsis: Rodgers and Foote oversee creation of an ironclad gunboat fleet on inland waters. Foote coordinates with Grant on combined operations that free much of Kentucky and Tennessee, and especially the line of the Mississippi River.
Credits: Script: Theodore Roscoe | Pencils: Herbert S. Walesby [Stokes Walesby] | Inks: Herbert S. Walesby [Stokes Walesby]
Genre: Non-fiction War
Characters: John Rodgers Andrew H. Foote Ulysses S. Grant Henry Walke Union Troops Confederate Troops Union Sailors

Comic Story (4 pages) Monitor and Merrimack: Ironclad Showdown
Synopsis: Confederate ironclad Virginia (rebuilt and renamed from the scuttled U.S.S. Merrimack) wrecks three wooden warships in a single action. Union ironclad monitor drives her off the next day, and the ship is eventually scuttled to avoid recapture.
Credits: Script: Theodore Roscoe | Pencils: Herbert S. Walesby [Stokes Walesby] | Inks: Herbert S. Walesby [Stokes Walesby]
Genre: Non-fiction War
Characters: Abraham Lincoln Edward Stanton Gideon Welles John L. Worden

Comic Story (3 pages) Battle of New Orleans
Synopsis: Farragut, with support from Porter, runs the Mississippi forts, breaks an anti-shipping boom, and wrecks the Confederate squadron. At a cost of just 40 men, Farragut captures New Orleans with all its wealth, and closes the Mississippi as a Confederate outlet.
Credits: Script: Theodore Roscoe | Pencils: Herbert S. Walesby [Stokes Walesby] | Inks: Herbert S. Walesby [Stokes Walesby]
Genre: Non-fiction War
Characters: David Farragut Judah P. Benjamin David Dixon Porter

Comic Story (2 pages) Mississippi Slug-Fest
Synopsis: Farragut, David, and Ellet clear most of the Mississippi, but cannot take or break Vicksburg. In Virginia, Rodgers is unable to subdue Richmond with naval forces, but does rescue the Union army.
Credits: Script: Theodore Roscoe | Pencils: Herbert S. Walesby [Stokes Walesby] | Inks: Herbert S. Walesby [Stokes Walesby]
Genre: Non-fiction War
Characters: C. H. Davis J. E. Montgomery Charles Ellet David Farragut John Rodgers

Comic Story (4 pages) Winning the Mississippi
Synopsis: Repeated Union attempts to break the stalemate at Vicksburg fail. Finally Porter runs his boats past Vicksburg through a gauntlet of heavy fire, then ferries Grant's troops unmolested across the river. Vicksburg falls on the Fourth of July.
Credits: Script: Theodore Roscoe | Pencils: Herbert S. Walesby [Stokes Walesby] | Inks: Herbert S. Walesby [Stokes Walesby]
Genre: Non-fiction War
Characters: David Dixon Porter Ulysses S. Grant David Farragut John C. Pemberton Union Troops Confederate Troops Union Sailors

Comic Story (3 pages) Anvil Defies Hammer
Synopsis: Obsessed by Charleston's symbolic position as birthplace of the Confederacy, Union leaders order repeated naval attacks on the city. All are repulsed, and the Confederates even send submersibles into battle.
Credits: Script: Theodore Roscoe | Pencils: Herbert S. Walesby [Stokes Walesby] | Inks: Herbert S. Walesby [Stokes Walesby]
Genre: Non-fiction War
Characters: John L. Worden Samuel F. DuPont Duncan Ingraham H. L. Hunley

Comic Story (1 page) Navy in Wild West
Synopsis: The Red River expedition turns into a fiasco, with Porter and Bailey only just managing to save the fleet.
Credits: Script: Theodore Roscoe | Pencils: Herbert S. Walesby [Stokes Walesby] | Inks: Herbert S. Walesby [Stokes Walesby]
Genre: Non-fiction War
Characters: David Dixon Porter Nathaniel P. Banks Joseph Bailey

Comic Story (1 page) High Seas Warfare: Rebel Raiders vs. Union Cruisers
Synopsis: Confederate high-seas raiders sink many U.S. merchant vessels, but the U.S. navy sinks most of them in the end.
Credits: Script: Theodore Roscoe | Pencils: Herbert S. Walesby [Stokes Walesby] | Inks: Herbert S. Walesby [Stokes Walesby]
Genre: Non-fiction War
Characters: Raphael Semmes John Winslow Napoleon Collins

Comic Story (1 page) Farragut at Mobile: August 1864
Synopsis: Farragut runs forts and a minefield, beating down the Confederate squadron to capture Mobile, the last major port on the Gulf of Mexico.
Credits: Script: Theodore Roscoe | Pencils: Herbert S. Walesby [Stokes Walesby] | Inks: Herbert S. Walesby [Stokes Walesby]
Genre: Non-fiction War
Characters: David Farragut Franklin Buchanan

Comic Story (2 pages) Fort Fisher Knock-Out: Fatal Blow to Lee
Synopsis: By amassing huge amounts of firepower, the navy seals off Wilmington as a Confederate seaport. The navy has met all its strategic goals, and has turned the tide of war in the Union favor.
Credits: Script: Theodore Roscoe | Pencils: Herbert S. Walesby [Stokes Walesby] | Inks: Herbert S. Walesby [Stokes Walesby]
Genre: Non-fiction War
Characters: William Cushing David Dixon Porter William Lamb U.S. Sailors

Illustration (1 page) Sea Power: Chain of Victory
Credits: Script: Theodore Roscoe | Pencils: Herbert S. Walesby [Stokes Walesby] | Inks: Herbert S. Walesby [Stokes Walesby]
Genre: Non-fiction War

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