Mississippi River Gunboats of the American Civil War 1861-65

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Osprey Publishing, 2002 - History - 48 pages
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At the start of the American Civil War, neither side had warships on the Mississippi River and in the first few months both sides scrambled to gather a flotilla, converting existing riverboats for naval use. These ships were transformed into powerful naval weapons despite a lack of resources, trained manpower and suitable vessels. The creation of a river fleet was a miracle of ingenuity, improvisation and logistics, particularly for the South. This title describes their design, development and operation throughout the American Civil War.

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This is a handy little guide to wooden gunboats and rams in service on the Mississippi during the American Civil War. Konstam gives background on the organization, training and arming of the various ... Read full review


Curator of Weapons in the THE ROLE OF GUNBOATS
Royal Armouries at the Tower
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Angus Konstam hails from the Orkney Islands and is the author of over 15 books, many of which are published by Osprey. His other maritime titles include Elite 67: Pirates 16601730, Elite 69: Buccaneers 16201700 and Elite 70: Elizabethan Sea Dogs 15601605. Formerly the Curator of Weapons in the Royal Armouries at the Tower of London, he also served as the Chief Curator of the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in Key West, Florida. He is now based in London, where he combines a freelance museum consultancy business with a career as a historian and writer.

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