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Tinclads in the Civil War: Union Light-Draught Gunboat Operations on Western Waters, 1862-1865
Once the Union Army gained control of the upper rivers of the Mississippi Valley during the first half of 1862, slow and heavy ironclads proved ineffective in patrolling the waters. Hastily outfitted steamboats were covered with thin armor and pressed into duty. These "tinclads" fought Confederate forces attacking from the riverbanks, provided convoy for merchant steamers, ...more
Paperback, 423 pages
Published November 30th 2009 by McFarland & Company
(first published 2009)
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An amazingly thorough operational history of the "tinclads" (light-draft gunboats) on the western rivers during the latter phase of the American Civil War... this was (until now) an almost entirely-disregarded aspect of the war, and a good look at it was long overdue. Myron J. Smith, Jr., delivers once again in a comprehensively-researched, thoroughly-annotated, and solidly-written book that will be the benchmark and starting point for all other studies on anti-guerrilla/counter-insurgency ...more