Mississippi River Gunboats of the American Civil War 1861–65 (New Vanguard) (Paperback)

Mississippi River Gunboats of the American Civil War 1861–65 (New Vanguard) By Angus Konstam, Tony Bryan (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Angus Konstam, Tony Bryan (Illustrator)
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This is book number 49 in the New Vanguard series.


At the start of the American Civil War, neither side had warships on the Mississippi River and in the first few months both sides scrambled to gather a flotilla, converting existing riverboats for naval use. These ships were transformed into powerful naval weapons despite a lack of resources, trained manpower and suitable vessels. The creation of a river fleet was a miracle of ingenuity, improvisation and logistics, particularly for the South. This title describes their design, development and operation throughout the American Civil War.

About the Author

Angus Konstam hails from the Orkney Islands and is the author of over 15 books, many of which are published by Osprey. His other maritime titles include Elite 67: Pirates 1660–1730, Elite 69: Buccaneers 1620–1700 and Elite 70: Elizabethan Sea Dogs 1560–1605. 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. He is now based in London, where he combines a freelance museum consultancy business with a career as a historian and writer.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781841764139
ISBN-10: 1841764132
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Publication Date: March 25th, 2002
Pages: 48
Language: English
Series: New Vanguard