USS New Ironsides in the Civil War: William H. Roberts

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Naval Institute Press, 1999 - History - 188 pages
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This is the first modern scholarly look at the little-known yet remarkable USS New Ironsides - America's first seagoing ironclad and the only one to see combat in the American Civil War. It describes the design, construction, and wartime career of the armored frigate, which included sixteen months of combat off Charleston, South Carolina, where she fired more shots than all of Rear Adm. John Dahlgren's monitors put together and caused the Confederates to offer $100,000 for her destruction.
Here, a former surface warfare commander chronicles New Ironsides's entire story, from inception as the Navy's insurance policy in 1861 through the straining urgency of construction and blockade service in the stormy early months of 1863 to the hard-fought engagements at Charleston Harbor and Fort Fisher.

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Completely absorbing account of the Fedeal attack on Fort Sumter by Porter's fleet. Show s details not easily found elsewhere eg how the 3 000 lbs mine under U S S New Ironsides failed to go off.


The Best IronClad in the American Navy
Building the Philadelphia Ironclad
A Hothouse Ship
We Shall Have Great Times
A Capital Scarecrow?
Blockade and Bombardment
Blockade Service off Charleston
Fort Fisher and James River
Timing Is Everything
Formidable Vessels

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About the author (1999)

After retiring from the navy in 1994 as a surface warfare officer, William H. Roberts earned his Ph.D. in history at the Ohio State University in Columbus. He is the author of USS New Ironsides in the Civil War and "Now for the Contest": Coastal and Oceanic Naval Operations in the Civil War.

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