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

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

by Myron J. Smith
 

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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

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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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Choice
"thorough research...the first, and what is likely to be the definitive, study of the timberclads. Highly recommended."
Nautical Research Journal
a comprehensive, well-researched account...a must read
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“thorough research...the first, and what is likely to be the definitive, study of the timberclads. Highly recommended.”—Choice; “provides a vast amount of detail...immensely valuable...impressive...highly recommend it”—North & South; “a comprehensive, well-researched account...a must read”—Nautical Research Journal; “Smith seasons his treatment of operations and engagements by drawing upon first hand accounts, which can be griping, informative, amusing, or even all three, making the narrative much more vivid and helping to give us an excellent look at the river war”—Strategypage.com; “fantastic”—The Lone Star; “this very thick and intensively researched book describes admirably the very important role played by those three ships. The author has performed a valuable service in so vibrantly bringing to life this very important factor in the Union Navy’s role in winning the Civil War”—Baird Maritime; “an excellent account of the Civil War on the Mississippi and the other great western rivers...gripping, informative, amusing...vivid”—The NYMAS Review.
North & South
provides a vast amount of detail...immensely valuable...impressive...highly recommend it
The Lone Star
fantastic

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786477210
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
05/14/2013
Pages:
560
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

Prolific author Myron J. Smith, Jr., is Emeritus Library Director and Professor at Tusculum College, Greeneville, Tennessee.

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