Iron Afloat: The Story of the Confederate Armorclads

Iron Afloat: The Story of the Confederate Armorclads

by William N. Still
     
 

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Everyone knows the story of the battle of the Monitor and the Merrimack. But how many people know the story behind the Confederacy's attempt to build a fleet of armorclad vessels of war?

When the Civil War began, the South had virtually no navy, few seamen, and limited shipbuilding facilities. In order to defend its ports against a well-established Northern… See more details below

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Everyone knows the story of the battle of the Monitor and the Merrimack. But how many people know the story behind the Confederacy's attempt to build a fleet of armorclad vessels of war?

When the Civil War began, the South had virtually no navy, few seamen, and limited shipbuilding facilities. In order to defend its ports against a well-established Northern navy, the South had to resort to innovation, and the Confederate ironclad navy was born.

The Confederate government commissioned and put into operation twenty-two armorclad vessels of war. This is their story. From the inception of the program, through the problems of building the vessels, through the careers of the vessels themselves (including gripping battle descriptions), to their eventual destruction or surrender, it is all here. Iron Afloat is history that reads like a novel and will appeal to readers interested in the Civil War and Confederacy as well as to military and naval historians.

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Editorial Reviews

Florida Historical Quarterly
Iron Afloat will appeal to scholars and Civil War buffs alike and should remain the standard work on Confederate ironclads for a long time, since the author has exhausted just about all the sources now known.

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ISBN-13:
9780826511614
Publisher:
Vanderbilt University Press
Publication date:
01/01/1971
Pages:
260

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