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Friends in peace and war : The Russian Navy's Landmark Visit to Civil War San Francisco.

Kroll, C. Douglas. (Author).

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  • ISBN: 9781612343457 (electronic bk. : Adobe Digital Editions)
  • Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 2011.

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Summary, etc.: Great friendship existed between the United States and Imperial Russia during the nineteenth century. The Old World Russian autocracy supported the young New World democracy because of the emerging U.S. role as a bulwark against Great Britain's ambitions, in Asia and in the North Pacific Ocean region especially. In fact, when the American Civil War threatened to divide the United States, Russia alone among the European great powers gave no aid or comfort to the seceding states.The surprise 1863 arrival of squadrons of Russian warships and thousands of Russian sailors in New York and San Francisco proved fortuitous, coming when the Union feared British and French intervention on the Confederacy's behalf. C. Douglas Kroll, using both Russian and U.S. documents, investigates why the Russian Pacific Squadron came to San Francisco, a port of departure for California and Nevada gold headed east; what happened during its nearly year-long visit; and how its presence influenced...
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  • Book News
    The amount of gold that streamed through San Francisco and into the Union's coffers during the US Civil War prompted fears among many San Franciscans that the Confederacy would target the city. These fears were allayed when the Pacific Squadron of Imperial Russia, the only European power that stood solidly behind the Union during the conflict, sailed into San Francisco harbor in the fall of 1863, there to stay for almost a year. In addition to recounting these events, Kroll (history, College of the Desert) provides contextual background in the form of a historical discussion of US-Russian relations and the reasons behind the decision to send the Russian navy to the American West Coast and considers the impact of the Russian navy's actions on the course of the war. Distributed in the US by Books International. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
  • Univ of Nebraska
    Great friendship existed between the United States and Imperial Russia during the nineteenth century. The Old World Russian autocracy supported the young New World democracy because of the emerging U.S. role as a bulwark against Great Britain’s ambitions, in Asia and in the North Pacific Ocean region especially. In fact, when the American Civil War threatened to divide the United States, Russia alone among the European great powers gave no aid or comfort to the seceding states.

    The surprise 1863 arrival of squadrons of Russian warships and thousands of Russian sailors in New York and San Francisco proved fortuitous, coming when the Union feared British and French intervention on the Confederacy’s behalf. C. Douglas Kroll, using both Russian and U.S. documents, investigates why the Russian Pacific Squadron came to San Francisco, a port of departure for California and Nevada gold headed east; what happened during its nearly year-long visit; and how its presence influenced events. With the units of the U.S. Navy’s small Pacific Squadron widely dispersed and Confederate commerce raiders on the loose, the Russians’ arrival suggested to on-lookers that they intended to defend the Union against interference.

    Whether actively supporting the Union or training and refitting or both, the Russian officers and sailors endeared themselves to San Francisco’s citizens. Parades and balls, as well as dinners hosted by both sides, helped San Franciscans overlook the various differences they had with their Russian visitors. Kroll gives us a thorough examination of the Russians’ visit and its social, diplomatic, and military impact.

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