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Mallory, Stephen R. (1813–73) Confederate States of America Secretary of the Navy. He developed a naval strategy for the Confederacy during the American Civil War. He was appointed Secretary in February 1861, and with a limited industrial base and virtually no ships or funding, he succeeded in mounting a naval strategy based primarily on commerce raiding and blockade breaking. He was, however, unable to counter the naval preponderance built up during the war by the Union. One of the most noteworthy achievements of his leadership was the development of effective ironclad ships for the undersized Confederate Navy. The best known example of this radical technological development in ship design, pioneered by Great Britain and France, was the CSS Virginia. Prior to the outbreak of the Civil War, he served as Chairman of the Naval Affairs Committee in the US Senate. Following the war he was imprisoned for a year and subsequently returned to Florida, where he practised law.
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Mallory, Stephen R. (1813-73) Confederate States of America Secretary of the Navy. He