William B. Cushing in the Far East: A Civil War Naval Hero Abroad, 1865-1869
Fresh from success in sinking the Albermarle in the Civil War, the young Captain Cushing was assigned to command the gunboat USS Maumee in Hong Kong to aid the restoration of America's naval power in Asia. By linking such aims to British policy, and by courting Chinese and Japanese officials, he succeeded in re-establishing American naval and commercial power in the Far East. In his letters to his fiancee, he brilliantly recorded his travels and observations of people and places (and the difficulties of reconciling his naval career with his devotion to her, whom he married in 1870).
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2 Cushing Embraces a Fredonia Sweetheart
3 Route to the Far East by Sail and Steam to Match the Power of Ocean Water
4 Cruising on the Troubled Waters of the Far East
5 From Tropical Heat to Northern Turbulence
6 Wandering Among the Crumbling Remnants of the Celestial Empire
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