US Navy Battleships 1886–98

US Navy Battleships 1886–98

The pre-dreadnoughts and monitors that fought the Spanish-American War

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  • Author: Brian Lane Herder
  • Illustrator: Paul Wright, Felipe Rodríguez, Alan Gilliland
  • Short code: NVG 271
  • Publication Date: 27 Jun 2019
  • Number of Pages: 48
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After the American Civil War, the US Navy had been allowed to decay into complete insignificance, yet the commissioning of the modern Brazilian battleship Riachuelo and poor performance against the contemporary Spanish fleet, forced the US out of its isolationist posture towards battleships.

The first true US battleships began with the experimental Maine and Texas, followed by the three-ship Indiana class, and the Iowa class, which incorporated lessons from the previous ships. These initial ships set the enduring US battleship standard of being heavily armed and armoured at the expense of speed.

This fully illustrated study examines these first six US battleships, a story of political compromises, clean sheet designs, operational experience, and experimental improvements. These ships directly inspired the creation of an embryonic American military-industrial complex, enabled a permanent outward-looking shift in American foreign policy and laid the foundations of the modern US Navy.

Biographical Note

Born in 1981, Brian Lane Herder graduated with a BA in History from the University of Kansas in 2003, and a Masters of Library Science from Emporia State University in 2009. He is a legislative librarian for the Kansas state government and his historical research interests include the US military, naval warfare, and World War II. He lives in Topeka, Kansas.

Contents

Introduction
Development and Strategy
Design and Construction
US Battleship Weapons
The Last Monitors
The First Battleships
Operational History
The Spanish-American War 1898
Asiatic Operations
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index
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