By Angus Konstam
At first of the yankee Civil conflict, neither part had warships at the Mississippi River, which was once an essential strategic artery. In what may end up the very important naval crusade of the conflict, each side fought for keep an eye on of the river. whereas the Confederates trusted box fortifications and small gunboats, the Union outfitted a chain of innovative river ironclads. First commissioned in January 1862, those ironclads spent the following years scuffling with for keep watch over of the Mississippi, combating in a string of decisive engagements that altered the complete process the conflict. This ebook explains how those vessels labored, how they have been developed, how they have been manned and the way they have been fought.
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