Craig Symonds, Historian of the American Civil War and maritime history
From the frigates of the age of sail to the technologically sophisticated weapons platforms of today, the U.S. Navy has undergone tremendous change. Moreover, that change reflects not only the growth of the Navy, but also, and more importantly, its evolving structure and the varying missions that were themselves the product of a constantly shifting sense of America’s proper role in the world. In that respect, the Navy is a mirror that shows us where we have been, where we are going, and even who we are. Historian Craig Symonds leads us on an exploration of the Navy’s history of more than 200 years, with a special focus on the Battle of Hampton Roads as a turning point.
Dr. Craig L. Symonds is Professor of History Emeritus at the United States Naval Academy where he taught for 30 years and served as Department Chair. He is the author or editor of 28 books, including Decision at Sea: Five Naval Battles that Shaped American History (2005) which won the Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt Prize for Naval History, and Lincoln and His Admirals: Abraham Lincoln, the U.S. Navy, and the Civil War (2008) which won the Barondess Prize, the Laney Prize, the Lyman Prize, the Lincoln Prize, and the Abraham Lincoln Institute Book Award. His most recent books are on the Second World War, notably The Battle of Midway (2011) and NEPTUNE: The Allied Invasion of Europe and the D-Day Landings (2014), which won the Barry Prize and the Samuel Eliot Morison Prize. He is currently at work on a full history of World War II at Sea.