Union River Ironclad 1861–65

Union River Ironclad 1861–65

New Vanguard 56
  • Author: Angus Konstam
  • Illustrator: Tony Bryan
  • Short code: NVG 56
  • Publication Date: 19 Aug 2002
  • Number of Pages: 48
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At the start of the American Civil War, neither side had warships on the Mississippi River, which was a vital strategic artery. In what would prove the vital naval campaign of the war, both sides fought for control of the river. While the Confederates relied on field fortifications and small gunboats, the Union built a series of revolutionary river ironclads. First commissioned in January 1862, these ironclads spent the next two years battling for control of the Mississippi, fighting in a string of decisive engagements that altered the entire course of the war. This book explains how these vessels worked, how they were constructed, how they were manned and how they were fought.

Biographical Note

Angus Konstam is an experienced Osprey author with over 20 books in print. Formerly the Curator of Weapons in the Royal Armouries at the Tower of London, he also served as the Chief Curator of the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in Key West, Florida. His maritime titles for Osprey include New Vanguard 45: Union Monitor 1861-65 and New Vanguard 49: Mississippi River Gunboats of the American Civil War 1861-65. Angus lives in London, where he combines a freelance museum consultancy business with a career as a historian and writer.Tony Bryan is a freelance illustrator of many years experience. He initially qualified in Engineering and worked for a number of years in Military Research and Development, and has a keen interest in military hardware - armour, small arms, aircraft and ships. Tony has produced many illustrations for partworks, magazines and books, including a number of titles in the New Vanguard series.

Contents

Introduction Design Operations A Catalog of Union River Ironclads Other River Ironclads Bibliography Color Plate Commentary Index

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