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Confederate Naval Forces on Western Waters: The Defense of the Mississippi River and its Tributaries

by Campbell, Thomas
Publisher: McFarland Press
Retail Price: $45.00
Issue: Spring 2006
ISBN: 0786422033

The Mississippi River has long carried the lifeblood of the United States. Along its waters has flowed everything from foodstuffs and textiles to new ideas and communication. Their Northern foes notwithstanding, no one understood the strategic importance of the river more than the leaders of the Confederacy. Yet Southerners had much to overcome in their effort to control the Mississippi. Despite being under funded and over matched, the Confederates nevertheless assembled a forceful naval strategy that centered on the use of makeshift gunboats, unproven ironclad vessels, and a shaky command structure.

review of Confederate Naval Forces on Western Waters: The Defense of the Mississippi River and its Tributaries, by Campbell, Thomas, Civil War Book Review, (Spring 2006).