Union River Ironclad 1861-65 (New Vanguard)
By Angus Konstam
In the beginning of the yankee Civil warfare, neither aspect had warships at the Mississippi River, which used to be a necessary strategic artery. In what may end up the important naval crusade of the battle, either side fought for keep watch over of the river. whereas the Confederates trusted box fortifications and small gunboats, the Union equipped a chain of progressive river ironclads. First commissioned in January 1862, those ironclads spent the following years struggling with for keep an eye on of the Mississippi, combating in a string of decisive engagements that altered the complete process the battle. This booklet explains how those vessels labored, how they have been built, how they have been manned and the way they have been fought.