Union River Ironclad 1861-65
At the start of the American Civil War, neither side had warships on the Mississippi River, which was a vital strategic artery. In what would prove the vital naval campaign of the war, both sides fought for control of the river. While the Confederates relied on field fortifications and small gunboats, the Union built a series of revolutionary river ironclads. First commissioned in January 1862, these ironclads spent the next two years battling for control of the Mississippi, fighting in a string of decisive engagements that altered the entire course of the war. This book explains how these vessels worked, how they were constructed, how they were manned and how they were fought.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
100-pounder rifles 9-inch smoothbores aka Cairo class AMERICAN CIVIL AMERICAN CIVIL WAR Armament Assault on Island attack Battle of Memphis Beam boilers bombarding Centerline paddlewheel Choctaw Cincinnati City class aka City class ironclad class ironclad USS Commander Commissioned Confederate ironclad Crew CSS Arkansas damaged December Displacement Donelson Draught Eads Eads Yard ﬁrst ﬂagship ﬂotilla Fort Pillow fortiﬁcations Grand Gulf gundeck Henry horizontal engines hull Illinois January knots Lafayette Launched Lieutenant Lieutenant-Commander Louis Louisville March—April Mississippi River Missouri naval Navy October Operational history Operations on Yazoo Osprey pilothouse Pittsburgh Pook Porter Propulsion Red River Expedition rifle deck gun riﬂes River casemate ironclad River Expedition March—May river ironclads ships shore batteries shot Side paddlewheels spar deck Speed stern paddlewheel tons turret Tuscumbia Union river ironclads USNHC USS Benton USS Carondolet USS Mound City USS Osage USS Tuscumbia vessels Vicksburg warships Western Gunboat Flotilla Western rivers wooden gunboats Yazoo River