Tinclads in the Civil War: Union Light-Draught Gunboat Operations on Western Waters, 1862-1865 (Google eBook)

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McFarland, Nov 30, 2009 - History - 431 pages
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Once the Union Army gained control of the upper rivers of the Mississippi Valley during the first half of 1862, slow and heavy ironclads proved ineffective in patrolling the waters. Hastily outfitted steamboats were covered with thin armor and pressed into duty. These "tinclads" fought Confederate forces attacking from the riverbanks, provided convoy for merchant steamers, enforced revenue measures, and offered tow, dispatch, and other fleet support services. This history documents the service records and duties of these little-known vessels of the Union fleet.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Rivers and Steamboats
7
2 Insurgents and Gunboats
18
3 The Coming of the Tinclad
35
4 Early Rounds AugustDecember 1862
62
5 Tinclad River Guardians JanuaryApril 1863
88
6 Guerrilla Attacks and Morgans Raid MayDecember 1863
122
7 Troubled Rivers JanuaryMarch 1864
159
10 Long Hot Summer 1864
239
11 Decatur and Johnsonville OctoberNovember 1864
268
12 Nashville and Beyond December 1864April 1865
294
13 Winding Down May to the Fall of 1865
328
Appendix I
341
Appendix II
345
Chapter Notes
349
Bibliography
391

8 Fort Pillow the Petrel and Red River April 1864
184
9 The Big Guns of Brig Gen Major Col Greene and Capt Creuzbauer May 1864
211

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About the author (2009)

Prolific author Myron J. Smith, Jr., is the director of the library and a professor at Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tennessee.

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