According to Jim Miles author of A River Unvexed the weakest length in CSA River Defense Force was the ship captains, who had zero military training and rejected any discipline and requests for cooperation! This type of discord led to the disaster in the naval battle at New Orleans! Anyone care to expound on this and point me to some good material on this subject? Mansfield Lovell,CSA Major general commented" fourteen Mississippi pilots and captains will never agree when they talk." Was too much latitude given to the captains? Also how much was the Confederate Navy hurt by desertion?