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Encyclopedia of Civil War Shipwrecks
 
 
Author
W. Craig Gaines.
Publisher Louisiana State  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 10.25 x 8.25 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780807132746
Pages/Publication Date 231/2008
Daedalus Item Code 24102
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On the evening of February 2, 1864, Confederate Commander John Taylor Wood led 250 sailors in two launches and 12 boats to capture the USS Underwriter, a side-wheel steam gunboat anchored on the Neuse River near New Bern, North Carolina. During the ensuing 15-minute battle, nine Union crewmen were killed, 20 wounded, and 26 were captured. The vessel was stripped and set ablaze, then blown up while under fire from Union-held Fort Anderson. But events like these were far from unusual; they were repeated again and again, on both sides, littering Civil War history with shipwrecks. A former civilian employee for the Army Corps of Engineers, Craig Gaines provides factually detailed accounts for more than 2,000 of these sunken vessels from the Civil War era, from Alabama's USS Althea, a Union steam tug lost while removing a Confederate torpedo in the Blakely River, to Wisconsin's Berlin City, a side-wheel steamer stranded in Oshkosh.
 
 
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