CSS Alabama vs USS Kearsarge: Cherbourg 1864

CSS Alabama vs USS Kearsarge: Cherbourg 1864


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By the time of American Civil War things had changed from the Age of Fighting Sail - steam power and explosive shells were transforming naval warfare. Iron was beginning to supplant wood. Britain had just finished HMS Warrior, an iron-hulled warship and coastal ironclads dominated the waters off the United States. The changes meant that ships sank, during battles instead of afterwards. The fights were no less bloody, but in addition to flying splinters, a host of other dangers were added - burst steam boilers, fire due to exploding shells, and the burst from the shells themselves. But, just as in the age of sail, warship captains that won one-on-one battles with another warship became as famous as modern sports stars.

During the course of the American Civil War, three single ship actions were fought between Union cruisers and Confederate raiders: CSS Florida vs. USS Wachusett, CSS Alabama vs. USS Hatteras, and CSS Alabama vs. USS Kearsarge. This book will present those, with an emphasis on the most famous battle: Alabama's fight with Kearsarge. Next to the battle between USS Monitor and CSS Virginia, no other naval duel of the American Civil War drew as much interest. That story is told from the eyes of the participants filtered through the lens of historical analysis available since the battles were fought. This includes archeological studies of wrecks of some of these ships, making this book an indispensible guide for anyone interested in Civil War and naval history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781849084925
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 11/22/2011
Series: Duel Series
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 950,134
Product dimensions: 7.32(w) x 9.76(h) x 0.32(d)

About the Author

Mark Lardas holds a degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, but spent his early career at the Johnson Space Center doing Space Shuttle structural analysis, and space navigation. An amateur historian and a long-time ship modeller, Mark Lardas is currently working in League City, Texas. He has written extensively about modelling as well as naval, maritime, and military history.

Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Chronology 8

Design and Development 10

The Strategic Situation 25

Technical Specifications 30

The Combatants 40

Combat 51

Statistics and Analysis 69

Aftermath 76

Further Reading 78

Index 80

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CSS Alabama vs USS Kearsarge: Cherbourg 1864 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
jm1708 More than 1 year ago
One of the most contraversiale sea battles is in this concise but detailed book. The book coverc not only the battle details but detailed information on the warships, weapons and commanders and battle tactics. Surprisingly this little books also touches on the battle between the Florada & Wachusett. A must for any American Civil War enthusiest.