Encyclopedia of Civil War Shipwrecks (Google eBook)

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LSU Press, Apr 1, 2008 - History - 264 pages
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On the evening of February 2, 1864, Confederate Commander John Taylor Wood led 250 sailors in two launches and twelve boats to capture the USS Underwriter, a side-wheel steam gunboat anchored on the Neuse River near New Bern, North Carolina. During the ensuing fifteen-minute battle, nine Union crewmen lost their lives, twenty were wounded, and twenty-six fell into enemy hands. Six Confederates were captured and several wounded as they stripped the vessel, set it ablaze, and blew it up while under fire from Union-held Fort Anderson. The thrilling story of USS Underwriter is one of many involving the numerous shipwrecks that occupy the waters of Civil War history. Many years in the making, W. Craig Gaines's Encyclopedia of Civil War Shipwrecks is the definitive account of more than 2,000 of these American Civil War--period sunken ships. From Alabama's USS Althea, a Union steam tug lost while removing a Confederate torpedo in the Blakely River, to Wisconsin's Berlin City, a Union side-wheel steamer stranded in Oshkosh, Gaines provides detailed information about each vessel, including its final location, type, dimensions, tonnage, crew size, armament, origin, registry (Union, Confederate, United States, or other country), casualties, circumstances of loss, salvage operations, and the sources of his findings. Organized alphabetically by geographical location (state, country, or body of water), the book also includes a number of maps providing the approximate locations of many of the wrecks -- ranging from the Americas to Europe, the Arctic Ocean, and the Indian Ocean. Also noted are more than forty shipwrecks whose locations are in question.

Since the 1960s, the underwater access afforded by SCUBA gear has allowed divers, historians, treasure hunters, and archaeologists to discover and explore many of the American Civil War-related shipwrecks. In a remarkable feat of historical detective work, Gaines scoured countless sources -- from government and official records to sports diver and treasure-hunting magazines -- and cross-indexes his compilation by each vessel's various names and nicknames throughout its career.

An essential reference work for Civil War scholars and buffs, archaeologists, divers, and aficionados of naval history, Encyclopedia of Civil War Shipwrecks revives and preserves for posterity the little-known stories of these intriguing historical artifacts.

  

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Contents

Alabama
1
Arkansas
8
Atlantic Ocean
12
Azores
17
Bahamas
18
Bering Sea
20
Bermuda
21
Big Sandy River
22
Maryland
78
Massachusetts
79
Mexico
80
Michigan
81
Mississippi
82
Mississippi River
89
Missouri River and Tributaries
105
New Jersey
108

Brazil
23
California
24
Canada
32
Caribbean Waters
33
Central America
34
Connecticut
35
European Waters
36
Florida
37
Georgia
46
Gulf of Mexico
52
Illinois
53
Indian Ocean
54
Lake Erie
55
Lake Huron
56
Lake Michigan
57
Illustrations
76
Maine
77
New York
109
North Carolina
110
Ohio River
133
Oklahoma
137
Oregon
138
Pacific Area
139
Rhode Island
140
South Carolina
141
Tennessee
158
Texas
165
Virginia
173
Washington
194
West Virginia
195
Shipwrecks of Unknown Location
196
BIBLIOGRAPHY
199
INDEX OF SHIPWRECKS
207
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About the author (2008)

W. Craig Gaines, a former civilian employee of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is currently a senior reservoir engineer in the private sector. He is the author of The Confederate Cherokees: John Drew's Regiment of Mounted Rifles and Civil War Gold and Other Lost Treasures. He lives in Edmond and Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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