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Ships of the Civil War

Kevin J. Dougherty

The Civil War may be mainly remembered for its infamous land battles, such as Gettysburg, Manassas, and Shiloh, but its naval engagements announced a new kind of naval warfare with the first-time use of ironclads, submarines and torpedoes, and the... Read moreRead less

The Civil War may be mainly remembered for its infamous land battles, such as Gettysburg, Manassas, and Shiloh, but its naval engagements announced a new kind of naval warfare with the first-time use of ironclads, submarines and torpedoes, and the introduction of newer and more powerful naval artillery. The conflict saw the use of paddle-driven river boats, steam warships, ram ships, sloops, cruisers, river steamers converted into ironclads, and the development of new ships such as low-lying monitors.

Arranged by type of ship, Ships of the Civil War provides concise coverage of some of the most famous warships of the era, including: the seminal duel between the ironclads CSS Virginia and the USS Monitor; the Union victory at Mobile Bay, where the CSS Tennessee was the sole surviving Confederate ship; the Confederate raider Alabama’s demise off the coast of France under the guns of the USS Kearsarge; and one of the first successful actions by a submarine, when CSS Hunley exploded a mine beneath the Federal gunboat, USS Housatonic. The book also includes blockade runners, such as A.D. Vance and Hope; raiders, such as CSS Sumter and USS Quaker City; and iron cruisers, like the CSS Tallahassee, who spectacularly raided northern waters, destroying dozens of Federal merchantmen in the process.

Filled with colorful artworks, expertly-written background, and useful specifications of more than 110 fighting ships of the era, Ships of the Civil War is a handy guide to an often ignored aspect of the great struggle between North and South.

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Format: 215 x 300mm
Extent: 224pp
Word count: 50,000
Illustrations: more than 130 colour illustrations and photographs

Kevin J. Dougherty

Kevin J. Dougherty is an instructor at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina in Charleston. He is a retired U.S. Army officer who previously spent five years teaching military history and world civilizations in the Department of History at the University of Southern Mississippi. Dougherty is the author of The Peninsula Campaign of 1862: A Military Analysis (2005), Civil... Read moreRead less

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