Confederate Ironclads at War
About the Book
Hampered by lack of materials, shipyards and experienced shipbuilders, even so the South managed to construct 34 iron-armored warships during the Civil War, of which the Confederate Navy put 25 into service. The stories of these vessels illustrate the hardships under which the Navy operated—and also its resourcefulness.
Except for the Albemarle, no Confederate ironclad was sunk or destroyed by enemy action. Overtaken by events on the ground, most were destroyed by their own crews to prevent them from falling into Union hands.
This account covers the design and construction and the engagements of the Confederate ironclads and describes the ingenuity and courage, as well as the challenges and frustrations of their “too little, too late” service.
About the Author(s)
R. Thomas Campbell
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: 172 photos, maps, appendix, notes, bibilography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Ironclad Program 1
I. The CSS Manassas, the First Ironclad 5
II. The CSS Virginia at Hampton Roads 14
III. The CSS Mississippi and CSS Louisiana at New Orleans 44
IV. A Volcano of Fire—the CSS Arkansas 58
V. The White Hall Ironclad 85
VI. The Cornfield Ironclad 98
VII. Disaster at Wilmington 129
VIII. The Blockade Is Broken 141
IX. The CSS Tennessee at Mobile Bay 157
X. The Ordeal of the Savannah Squadron 181
XI. Trent’s Reach and the Destruction of the James River Ironclads 200
XII. An Ironclad at Shreveport 212
XIII. The CSS Jackson 221
XIV. The Last Ironclad, the CSS Stonewall 225
Some Final Thoughts 241
Appendix: Officers and Crew Assigned to the CSS Virginia,
CSS Arkansas, CSS Albemarle, CSS Neuse,
CSS North Carolina and CSS Raleigh 243
Chapter Notes 253
Book Reviews & Awards
“Campbell is a seasoned historical storyteller…informative, well referenced…an enjoyable read…heartily recommended”—Civil War Navy; “impressively informative…recommended”—Midwest Book Review.