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Chapter 1: organization of the Navy Department.--blockade-runners, etc. Organization of the Navy Department. the wretched condition of the Navy at the outbreak of the civil war. what could have been done. blockade runners. loss to the Confederacy. prizes. naval triumphs. faithful officers. Gideon Wells. Gustavus V. Fox. lavish praise of the Army. unprepared for war. Premeditated secession. separate government the Navy and the happy condition of affairs now existing, &C. At the outbreak of the great rebellion our Navy was not in a condition to render that assistance which the occasion demanded; the larger portion of it was employed on foreign stations, and the Government had not at its disposal a class of vessels that could enter Southern ports and act offensively. Had a proper naval force existed at the time the Southern people first proposed to throw off their allegiance to the Union, there would have been less difficulty in suppressing the efforts of t