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Iron Afloat: The Story of the Confederate Armorclads (Studies in Maritime History)

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Everyone knows the story of the battle of the Monitor and the Merrimack. But how many people know the story behind the Confederacy's attempt to build a fleet of armorclad vessels of war?

When the Civil War began, the South had virtually no navy, few seamen, and limited shipbuilding facilities. In order to defend its ports against a well-established Northern navy, the South
Paperback, 262 pages
Published December 1st 1988 by University of South Carolina Press (first published January 1st 1971)
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Dr. William N. Still, Jr’s Iron Afloat: The Story of the Confederate Armorclads presents the history of the Confederacy’s construction and operation of ironclad warships during the Civil War. During its brief existence, the Confederate States of America laid down fifty ironclad warships of which twenty-two became operational. Construction of ironclads was a matter of policy made at the cabinet level. The decision was taken as a means to overcome the dominance of the U.S. Navy in all waters and, ...more
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I bought this book at a bookstore on Canal St. in New Orleans and read it while doing survey work around Vicksburg. We crossed the Yazoo River everyday on the way to work around where the C.S.S. Arkansas fought the U.S.S. Carondelet, Tyler and the Ellet Ram Queen of the West. It helped that the book is pretty good too.
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