Ships of the Civil War

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The Civil War may be mainly remembered for its infamous land battles, such as Gettysburg, Manassas, and Shiloh, but its naval engagements announced a new kind of naval warfare with the first-time use of ironclads, submarines, and torpedoes, and the introduction of newer and more powerful naval artillery. The conflict saw the use of paddle-driven river boats, steam warships, ram ships, sloops, cruisers, and the development of shallow-draft monitors.

 
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The Civil War may be mainly remembered for its infamous land battles, such as Gettysburg, Manassas, and Shiloh, but its naval engagements announced a new kind of naval warfare with the first-time use of ironclads, submarines, and torpedoes, and the introduction of newer and more powerful naval artillery. The conflict saw the use of paddle-driven river boats, steam warships, ram ships, sloops, cruisers, and the development of shallow-draft monitors.

 
Arranged by type of ship, Ships of the Civil War provides concise coverage of some of the most famous warships of the era, including: the seminal duel between the ironclads CSS Virginia and the USS Monitor; the Confederate raider Alabama’s demise off the coast of France under the guns of the USS Kearsage; and one of the first successful actions by a submarine, when CSS Hunley exploded a mine beneath the Federal gunboat, USS Housatonic. The book also includes blockade runners, such as A.D. Vance and Hope; raiders, such as CSS Sumter and USS Quaker City; and cruisers, like the CSS Tallahassee, which spectacularly raided northern waters, destroying dozens of Federal merchantmen in the process.

 
Filled with colorful artworks, expertly written background, and useful specifications of more than 100 fighting ships of the era, Ships of the Civil War is a detailed guide to an often ignored aspect of the great struggle between North and South.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781435145924
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 8/10/2013
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin Dougherty is an instructor at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina in Charleston. He is a retired U.S. Army officer who spent five years teaching military history and world civilizations in the Department of History at the University of Southern Mississippi. Dougherty is the author of The Peninsula Campaign of 1862: A Military Analysis, Civil War Leadership and the Mexican War Experience, Encyclopedia of the Confederacy, and Campaigns for Vicksburg, 1862–63: Leadership Lessons.

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  • Posted October 19, 2013

    All new to me, excellent

    The whole Trans Mississippi Civil War was new to me when I started more than ten years ago. I have a great grandfather who owned a plantation in Arkansas, up the Arkansas river I found. He was in the Ordnance Department, government imports into the Confederate States. Blockade runners, also. Into Mississippi from Great Britain, Holly Springs, Mississippi I have another plantation there , too. It was never talked about at home. The book,"Entrepot" by C. L. Webster is another source of info.. I joined the the Civil War message about 12 years ago when I found my source of new information concerning those in the Civil War and the plantation. The names of these ships widens my search for info.

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