The Tombigbee River Steamboats: Rollodores, Dead Heads and Side-Wheelers

The Tombigbee River Steamboats: Rollodores, Dead Heads and Side-Wheelers

by Rufus Ward


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596292857
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 08/17/2010
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 339,258
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Rufus Ward has been active in the fields of history and historic preservation for more than thirty-five years. He divides his time between lectures on history-related topics and consulting on cultural projects. He also writes a weekly history column for the Commercial Dispatch in Columbus, Mississippi. Ward has been a contributing author for two other books: After Removal: The Choctaw in Mississippi and By the Flow of the Inland River: A History of Columbus, Mississippi, to 1825. Additionally, he has published numerous journal and magazine articles on southern history. He is an advisor emeritus to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, having previously represented the state of Mississippi on its board of advisors. Ward’s past honors include the Calvin Brown Award from the Mississippi Association of Professional Archaeologists “in recognition of service by an amateur archaeologist in aid of historic preservation in the State of Mississippi” and a Resolution of Commendation from the board of trustees of the Mississippi Department of Archives & History for his “contributions and commitment to the preservation and interpretation of Mississippi History.” Rufus, a retired prosecuting attorney, resides in a Victorian home in West Point, Mississippi, with his wife Karen and bird dog Eliza Faye. He graduated from the University of Mississippi, where he received a BA and a Juris Doctor. His daughter, Sarah, lives in Alexandria, Virginia, and his son, Bailey, lives in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

Introduction: The Tombigbee River 11

Chapter 1 The Beginnings: Pirogues, Keelboats and Flats 15

Chapter 2 The First Steamboats 23

Chapter 3 Evolution of the Tombigbee Steamboat 29

Chapter 4 The Crews 41

Chapter 5 Floating Palaces 53

Chapter 6 The Eliza Battle 69

Chapter 7 War Time and the Alice Vivian 93

Chapter 8 Railroads and Revival 103

Chapter 9 Vienna and the Turn of the Century 117

Chapter 10 End of an Era 123

Appendix 1 Trip Statement of the Steamer Liberty 137

Appendix 2 The 1877-1881 Hargrove Shipping Records 141

Appendix 3 Tombigbee Drawbridges 145

Appendix 4 A Directory of Steamboats on the Upper Tombigbee 147

Appendix 5 Important Landings on the Little Tombigbee 197

Notes 201

Bibliography 213

About the Author 223

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