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.One man on the Conestoga was wounded and the Lexingtona#39;s machinery was out of order and in need of repair. ... deserter from Columbus during the day that up to 5, 000 reinforcements had been sent across the river to Belmont. ... presence, Grant, nevertheless, that afternoon permitted the Lexington to make the short voyage over to Mound City for engine repairs. ... the Tyler and opposite Paducaha#39;s marine hospital in a position where her guns could command approaches to the city.
|Title||:||The Timberclads in the Civil War|
|Author||:||Myron J. Smith, Jr.|
|Publisher||:||McFarland - 2008-09-08|