By Angus Konstam
The construction of a accomplice ironclad fleet used to be a miracle of ingenuity, improvisation and logistics. Surrounded via a fantastic enemy fleet, accomplice designers tailored latest vessels or created new ones from the keel up with the only real goal of breaking the naval stranglehold at the nascent state. Her ironclads have been construct in distant cornfields, on small inland rivers or in naval yards within reach of the enemy. the outcome was once an unorthodox yet amazing number of vessels, that have been in a position to contest the rivers and coastal waters of the South for 5 years. This name explains how those vessels labored, how they have been developed, how they have been manned and the way they fought.
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There is a boat lying here with about 250 wounded from the siege of Ft. Donelson. Our boys are not permitted to go ashore unless they are of the red tape grade. We have no privileges granted, therefore cannot describe to you the town. We can see the stars and stripes wave over some of the buildings. May they wave there henceforth forever. How long we will remain here it is impossible for me, or any other man, to say; but I do not believe we will remain here long. You may expect to hear of some great deeds of valor from the 24 The 47th Indiana Volunteer Infantry boys of the 47th and 34th, for I know when they come to be weighed in the balance they will not be found wanting.
There was a great inﬂux of law books in regimental quarters. General Palmer collected about a hundred volumes of reports and statutes and returned them to the Court-house. It was remarked that stray law books were found only about the quarters of ex-attorneys. 34 General Palmer, who arrived in Benton to take command of his division after the sacking of the courthouse, ordered all the law books be returned and assigned Slack command of the 46th and 47th Indiana. 35 Although Palmer, an Illinoisan, was generally held in high regard by his troops, his only fault, according to “Raw Recruit,” a soldier-correspondent from his all-Indiana division, was not being a Hoosier.
10 covered its northern river approach with eight earthworks and twenty-six guns, including 8-inch Columbiads and riﬂed and smoothbore 32pounders. 41 On the downriver side of New Madrid on the right bank stood Fort Thompson, a heavily armed, bastioned earthwork constructed by slave labor in November. W. A. Stewart’s Point Coupee (Louisiana) Battery and Upton’s Tennessee Battery — mounting 14 heavy guns, mostly 24and 32-pounders. P. Stewart, in charge of the New Madrid line, also utilized slave labor to place another smaller earthwork for Capt.
Confederate Ironclad 1861-65 by Angus Konstam