Ironclads and Big Guns of the Confederacy: The Journal and Letters of John M. Brooke

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Loaded with previously unavailable information about the Confederate Navy's effort to supply its fledgling forces, the wartime diaries and letters of John M. Brooke (1826-1906) tell the story of the Confederate naval ordnance office, its innovations, and its strategic vision. As Confederate commander of ordnance and hydrography in Richmond, Virginia, during the Civil War, Brooke numbered among the military officers who resigned their U.S. commissions and "went South" to join the Confederate forces at the onset of...
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Overview

Loaded with previously unavailable information about the Confederate Navy's effort to supply its fledgling forces, the wartime diaries and letters of John M. Brooke (1826-1906) tell the story of the Confederate naval ordnance office, its innovations, and its strategic vision. As Confederate commander of ordnance and hydrography in Richmond, Virginia, during the Civil War, Brooke numbered among the military officers who resigned their U.S. commissions and "went South" to join the Confederate forces at the onset of the conflict. A twenty-year veteran of the United States Navy who had been appointed a midshipman at the age of fourteen, Brooke was largely a self-taught military scientist whose inventions included the Brooke Deep-Sea Sounding Lead. In addition to his achievments as an inventor, Brookes was a draftsman, diarist, and inveterate letter-writer. His copious correspondence about military and personal matters from the war yields detailed and often unexpected insights into the Confederacy's naval operations.
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John M. Brooke (1826-1906) served as the Confederate commander of ordnance and hydrography in Richmond, Virginia during the Civil War and was the man responsible for raising the and outfitting it with armor plates as the . In this collection of diaries and letters, edited by Brooke's grandson George (history, Virginia Military Institute), the reader can follow Brooke's experiments and thoughts in developing both armored ships and munitions for the Confederate Navy from April 1861 to the end of the Civil War in 1865. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570034183
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2002
  • Series: Studies in Maritime History Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix
Foreword xi
Preface xiii
List of Abbreviations xv
Introduction: Brooke's Actions on the Eve of War 1
1 Brooke's Resignation from the United States Navy and Appointment to Confederate Service 15
2 Conversion of the Merrimac to the Virginia and Experiments in Ordnance 22
3 The Virginia in Hampton Roads 58
4 James River Defense, Inventions, Personal Woes, and Promotion 89
5 Developments in Ordnance 115
6 Personal Sorrow and Continued Activity in Ordnance 164
7 Hard Work to the End 199
Epilogue 204
Notes 207
Bibliography 251
Index 253
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