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The Civil War on the Mississippi: Union Sailors, Gunboat Captains, and the Campaign to Control the River

Barbara Brooks Tomblin

Abstract

Following the fall of Fort Sumter, the Lincoln administration adopted General Winfield Scott’s strategy to win the war. Dubbed the Anaconda Plan, it called for a Union blockade of the southern coast and for Union forces to seize New Orleans and push down the Mississippi River, capturing enemy strongpoints and opening the river. To accomplish this mission, the Union navy had to acquire, arm, and man vessels suitable for service on western rivers. The timberclads Tyler, Lexington, and Conestoga, joined by city-class ironclads, rams, mortar boats, and tinclads, enabled Andrew Hull Foote’s Western ... More

Keywords: Anaconda Plan, timberclads, Western Gunboat Flotilla, Admiral David Farragut, Vicksburg

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780813167039
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813167039.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Barbara Brooks Tomblin, author