The Timberclads in the Civil War: The Lexington, Conestoga and Tyler on the Western Waters

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McFarland, Sep 8, 2008 - History - 560 pages
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In the most detailed history ever of Union warships on the western waters of the Civil War, the author recounts the exploits of the timberclad ships Lexington, Tyler, and Conestoga. Converted to warships from commercial steamboats at the beginning of the conflict, the three formed the core of the North's Western Flotilla, later the Mississippi Squadron. The book focuses on the activities of these wooden warriors while providing context for the greater war, including accounts of their famous commanders, their roles in both large and small battles, ship-to-ship combat, and support for the armies of Gen. U.S. Grant and Gen. William T. Sherman.
 

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Contents

Foreword by B Franklin Cooling
1
Preface
5
List of Abbreviations
9
Rivers and Rebellion JanuaryApril 1861
11
Commander Rodgers Goes West AprilJune 1861
40
From Cincinnati into the War Zone JuneAugust 1861
68
New Men Hotter War September 1October 9 1861
96
ColumbusBelmont October 10November 9 1861
129
Shiloh MarchApril 1862
281
White River and the C S S Arkansas JuneJuly 1862
317
An Anniversary POW Convoys and the Death of a Timberclad Hero JulyDecember 1862
361
Arkansas Post to Helena
389
Peripheral Streams and Red River 18631864
424
Cavalry Versus Timberclads June 1864
465
Winding Down July 1864August 1865
478
Chapter Notes
483

Skirmishing and Fleet Building NovemberDecember 1861
166
Preparations and Battle JanuaryFebruary 1862
189
To Florence and Fort Donelson February 1862
225
Tennessee RiverColumbusIsland No 10 FebruaryMarch 1862
253

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About the author (2008)

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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