Chenango on the Seas, Part III: The second USS Chenango

After the close of the Civil War, the United States Navy went into a stage of decline and by the time of President Garfield’s administration in 1881 it had deteriorated so far that a survey was conducted and found that only 52 of the Navy’s 142 vessels were operational. However at the start of the 1880s, naval officers were extremely alarmed about the vulnerably of the nation as a whole. This alarm finally led to a half-dozen large modern warships – transforming the Navy so suddenly that it became to be called “The New Navy.”




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