Confederate Naval Forces on Western Waters: The Defense of the Mississippi River and Its Tributaries

Confederate Naval Forces on Western Waters: The Defense of the Mississippi River and Its Tributaries

by R. Thomas Campbell


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ISBN-13: 9780786464173
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 04/11/2011
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Writer, editor and historian R. Thomas Campbell is a retired health systems consultant who lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania and Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Introduction 1

1. The Gathering Clouds 5

2. Victory at the Head of the Passes 23

3. Island Number 10 36

4. Building the Ironclads 52

5. The Battle of New Orleans 66

6. Plum Point, the Battle of Memphis, and the White River Campaign 83

7. Building the CSS Arkansas 103

8. Into the Volcano 120

9. Berwick Bay and the J.A. Cotton 141

10. Gunfire at Galveston 152

11. Action on the Tributaries. 169

12. The Pursuit and Destruction of the USS Indianola 185

13. The CSS Missouri and the Loss of Yazoo City 195

14. The CSS Webb and the Final Surrender 208

15. Some Final Thoughts 220


A. Officers Assigned to the CSS Sumter 223

B. Fight at the Head of the Passes: Extract from the New Orleans Daily True Delta, October 15, 1861 224

C. Log of the General Sterling Price, March 25, 1862, to June 5, 1862 226

D. The Ram Manassas at the Passage of the New Orleans Forts 230

E. Report of Brigadier-General Thompson, Missouri State Guards 233

F. Montgomery and Thompson's Reports of the Battle of Plum Point 235

G. Officers Assigned to the CSS Arkansas 238

H. CS Gunboat J.A. Cotton Burnt: Extract from the Houston Tri-Weekly Telegraph, February 2, 1863 240

I. The Agony of Major Lea: Extract from a Texas Newspaper, January 1863 243

J. Report of Lieutenant Commander Selfridge, U.S. Navy, Late Commanding USS Cairo 245

K. Report of Lieutenant Commander Brown, U.S. Navy, Regarding the Loss of the USS Indianola 247

L. Report of Lieutenant Colonel Creasman, C.S. Army, Commanding at Yazoo City 251

M. Officers of the CSS Webb, April 1865 254

N. Federal Survey of the CSS Missouri 255

Chapter Notes 259

Bibliography 265

Index 267

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