Civil War Biographies from the Western Waters

Based on the Official Records, county histories, newspapers and internet sources, this is the first work to profile personnel involved in the fighting on these great streams.

Civil War Biographies from the Western Waters

Author: Myron J. Smith, Jr.

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786469676

Page: 340

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From 1861 to 1865, the Civil War raged along the great rivers of the Ohio and Mississippi valleys. While various Civil War biographies exist, none have been devoted exclusively to participants in the Western river war as waged down the Mississippi to the mouth of the Red River, and up the Ohio, the Tennessee and the Cumberland. Based on the Official Records, county histories, newspapers and internet sources, this is the first work to profile personnel involved in the fighting on these great streams. Included in this biographical encyclopedia are Union and Confederate naval officers down to the rank of mate; enlisted sailors who won the Medal of Honor, or otherwise distinguished themselves or who wrote accounts of life on the gunboats; army officers and leaders who played a direct role in combat along Western waters; political officials who influenced river operations; civilian steamboat captains and pilots who participated in wartime logistics; and civilian contractors directly involved, including shipbuilders, dam builders, naval constructors and munitions experts. Each of the biographies includes (where known) birth, death and residence data; unit organization or ship; involvement in the river war; pre- and post-war careers; and source documentation. Hundreds of individuals are given their first historic recognition.

Civil War on Western Waters

Story of the naval war on the Mississippi waterways was a keystone to the general strategy of the war and shows in detail the opposite ways in which the two commands approached and worked out their campaigns for control.

Civil War on Western Waters

Author: Fletcher Pratt

Publisher: New York : Holt

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Page: 255

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Story of the naval war on the Mississippi waterways was a keystone to the general strategy of the war and shows in detail the opposite ways in which the two commands approached and worked out their campaigns for control.

Confederate Naval Forces on Western Waters

The history of Confederate naval forces on the western waters is a story of desperation, intrigue, ineptitude, and humiliating defeats, interspersed with moments of courage, innovation, resourcefulness, and a few hard-earned victories.

Confederate Naval Forces on Western Waters

Author: R. Thomas Campbell

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786464173

Page: 272

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No body of water was more vital to the Confederacy's efforts in the Civil War than the Mississippi River and its tributaries. Though the Confederate Congress declared the Mississippi free and open to all states north and south, the Union launched plans for an effective blockade of the 1700 miles of Southern coastline, coupled with a strong naval and army thrust down the Mississippi Valley from Cairo, Illinois, to the Gulf of Mexico. To defend the river and to prevent Union forces from advancing, the South would require a strong naval force. There was only one problem with the strategy: The Confederacy had no navy. On February 25, 1861, Confederate president Jefferson Davis nominated Stephen R. Mallory to be secretary of the newly formed Confederate States Navy. Mallory faced significant obstacles--no shipyards, few skilled craftsmen and machinists, and a lack of production facilities to process raw materials. Mallory was able to overcome the many shortcomings to build a formidable navy, but the efforts in the Mississippi theater were hamstrung by a disjointed command structure and interservice bickering. Despite these problems, the Confederate Navy contested the Union forces at every turn. The history of Confederate naval forces on the western waters is a story of desperation, intrigue, ineptitude, and humiliating defeats, interspersed with moments of courage, innovation, resourcefulness, and a few hard-earned victories.

Andrew Foote

The life and career of one of the U.S. Navy's first admirals who "considered himself first and foremost a staunch Christian and an agent of divine will."--Jacket.

Andrew Foote

Author: Spencer Tucker

Publisher: Naval Inst Press

ISBN:

Page: 259

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The life and career of one of the U.S. Navy's first admirals who "considered himself first and foremost a staunch Christian and an agent of divine will."--Jacket.

The USS Carondelet

The USS Carondelet had a revolutionary ship design and was the most active of all the Union's Civil War river ironclads.

The USS Carondelet

Author: Myron J. Smith, Jr.

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786456094

Page: 288

View: 446

The USS Carondelet had a revolutionary ship design and was the most active of all the Union’s Civil War river ironclads. From Fort Henry through the siege of Vicksburg and from the Red River campaign through the Battle of Nashville, the gunboat was prominent in war legend and literature. This history draws on the letters of Ensign Scott Dyer Jordan and Rear Adm. Henry Walke’s memoirs.

Joseph Brown and His Civil War Ironclads

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Joseph Brown and His Civil War Ironclads

Author: Myron J. Smith, Jr.

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786495766

Page: 396

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Well known in his time though now forgotten, Joseph Brown is a quintessential representative of mid-19th Century Midwestern economic and political success. A Scottish immigrant to Alton, Illinois, he made his pre-Civil War fortune as a miller and steamboat master, dabbling in riverboat design and small town politics on the side. When the war erupted, he employed his connections (including a friendship with Abraham Lincoln) to obtain contracts for the construction of three stopgap ironclads for the U.S. War Department, the Chillicothe, Indianola, and Tuscumbia. These vessels, often described as failures, were active in some of the most ferocious river fighting of the 1863 Vicksburg campaign, with one, the Chillicothe, employed on the Red River in 1864. After the war, ""Capt. Joe,"" as he was nicknamed, became a railroad executive and was elected the 25th mayor of St. Louis, MO. This work is the first devoted to his life and career, as well as to the construction and operational histories of his trio of controversial warships.

Tinclads in the Civil War

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.

Tinclads in the Civil War

Author: Myron J. Smith, Jr.

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786457031

Page: 431

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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, enforced revenue measures, and offered tow, dispatch, and other fleet support services. This history documents the service records and duties of these little-known vessels of the Union fleet.

The Timberclads in the Civil War

The book focuses on the activities of these wooden warriors while providing context for the greater war, including accounts of their famous commanders, their roles in both large and small battles, ship-to-ship combat, and support for the ...

The Timberclads in the Civil War

Author: Myron J. Smith, Jr.

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786451951

Page: 560

View: 981

In the most detailed history ever of Union warships on the western waters of the Civil War, the author recounts the exploits of the timberclad ships Lexington, Tyler, and Conestoga. Converted to warships from commercial steamboats at the beginning of the conflict, the three formed the core of the North's Western Flotilla, later the Mississippi Squadron. The book focuses on the activities of these wooden warriors while providing context for the greater war, including accounts of their famous commanders, their roles in both large and small battles, ship-to-ship combat, and support for the armies of Gen. U.S. Grant and Gen. William T. Sherman.

Vicksburg

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Porter, Horace. Campaigning with Grant (1897). New York: Bantam Books, 1991.
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Vicksburg

Author: Donald L. Miller

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 1451641370

Page: 688

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Winner of the Civil War Round Table of New York’s Fletcher Pratt Literary Award Winner of the Austin Civil War Round Table’s Daniel M. & Marilyn W. Laney Book Prize Winner of an Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award “A superb account” (The Wall Street Journal) of the longest and most decisive military campaign of the Civil War in Vicksburg, Mississippi, which opened the Mississippi River, split the Confederacy, freed tens of thousands of slaves, and made Ulysses S. Grant the most important general of the war. Vicksburg, Mississippi, was the last stronghold of the Confederacy on the Mississippi River. It prevented the Union from using the river for shipping between the Union-controlled Midwest and New Orleans and the Gulf of Mexico. The Union navy tried to take Vicksburg, which sat on a high bluff overlooking the river, but couldn’t do it. It took Grant’s army and Admiral David Porter’s navy to successfully invade Mississippi and lay siege to Vicksburg, forcing the city to surrender. In this “elegant…enlightening…well-researched and well-told” (Publishers Weekly) work, Donald L. Miller tells the full story of this year-long campaign to win the city “with probing intelligence and irresistible passion” (Booklist). He brings to life all the drama, characters, and significance of Vicksburg, a historic moment that rivals any war story in history. In the course of the campaign, tens of thousands of slaves fled to the Union lines, where more than twenty thousand became soldiers, while others seized the plantations they had been forced to work on, destroying the economy of a large part of Mississippi and creating a social revolution. With Vicksburg “Miller has produced a model work that ties together military and social history” (Civil War Times). Vicksburg solidified Grant’s reputation as the Union’s most capable general. Today no general would ever be permitted to fail as often as Grant did, but ultimately he succeeded in what he himself called the most important battle of the war—the one that all but sealed the fate of the Confederacy.

The CSS Arkansas

The saga of the CSS Arkansas represents the last significant Rebel naval activity in the war's Western theater.

The CSS Arkansas

Author: Myron J. Smith, Jr.

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786484853

Page: 360

View: 790

While the Monitor and Merrimack are the most famous of the Civil War ironclads, the Confederacy had another ship in its flotilla that carried high hopes and a metal hull. The makeshift CSS Arkansas, completed by Lt. Isaac Newton Brown and manned by a mixed crew of volunteers, gave the South a surge of confidence when it launched in 1862. For 28 days of summer, the ship engaged in five battles with Union warships, falling victim in the end only to her own primitive engines. The saga of the CSS Arkansas represents the last significant Rebel naval activity in the war’s Western theater.

The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography

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Civil War Times Illustrated

The Waters Out West 1 FROM THE FRESH - WATER NAVY , 1861-1864 , The
Letters of Acting Master's Mate Henry R. Browne and Acting ... 13.50 A selection
of fine new books on the Civil War on the rivers and sounds of the western
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Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Louisiana

The “ United States , ' ' the fifty seventh steamboat built on western waters , was
built at Jeffersonville , Ind . , in 1820 , for Edmond Forstall of New Orleans , to ...
The second “ Magnolia ” carried 6,000 bales in one load just before the civil war .

Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Louisiana

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War on the Waters

A book with 23 illustrations, 19 maps, notes, a bibliography and an index offers a sweeping history of the Civil War navies in action.

War on the Waters

Author: James M. McPherson

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 0807835889

Page: 277

View: 764

A book with 23 illustrations, 19 maps, notes, a bibliography and an index offers a sweeping history of the Civil War navies in action.

Appleton s Cyclopaedia of American Biography

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western rivers , and the construction of bridges at studied law , but on the ... till the
begin- was quartermaster at various posts , and assistant ning of the civil war .

Appleton s Cyclopaedia of American Biography

Author: James Grant Wilson

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