Engineer in Gray: Memoirs of Chief Engineer James H. Tomb, CSN

Engineer in Gray: Memoirs of Chief Engineer James H. Tomb, CSN


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Engineer in Gray: Memoirs of Chief Engineer James H. Tomb, CSN by James H. Tomb

Chief Engineer James Hamilton Tomb (1839–1929) devoted almost 12 years to naval service—first in the Confederate States’ Navy during the American Civil War and then in the Marinha do Brasil during the War of the Triple Alliances. A steam engineer by profession and a torpedo expert by circumstance, Tomb was in the forefront of naval weapons technology. He also had the courage and capacity to assume positions of command. His first assignment was on the CSS Jackson at New Orleans. Here, amid a tightening blockade and a growing fear of Federal attack from the Gulf, Tomb’s memoirs begin…
Tomb’s first-person narration is interspersed with explanations from the editor, who also fills in Tomb’s life at the memoir’s beginning and end. Three appendices include documents by Tomb: “Submarines and Torpedo Boats, C.S.N.” (1914), a detailed description of his experiences with the torpedo boat David and the submarine H.L. Hunley, and “Reminiscences of Torpedo Service in Charleston Harbor” (1877). A bibliography and a wealth of rare photographs complete the work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786449262
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 08/17/2011
Series: History/Military/American Civil War
Pages: 214
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

The late Chief Engineer James H. Tomb (1839–1929) devoted almost 12 years of his early life to wartime naval service. Writer, editor and historian R. Thomas Campbell is a retired health systems consultant who lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania and Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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