Monday, June 30, 2008

THE TIMBERCLADS IN THE CIVIL WAR: The Lexington, Conestoga and Tyler on the Western Waters

by Myron J. Smith Jr.

From the publisher:
This is the first detailed history of Union warships in the western rivers of the Civil War. The author recounts the exploits of the Lexington, the Conestoga and the Tyler, three steamboats converted to warships that formed the core of the Western Flotilla, from 1861 to 1865. The book focuses on the activities of these three ships while providing context for the greater war, including accounts of these ships’ commanding officers, the development of ironclads and the greater role of the Western Flotilla.

Myron J. Smith, Jr., is the library director and a professor at Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tennessee. He is the author of Le Roy Fitch, (2007) and The Baseball Bibliography, 2d ed., (2006).