- Apr 26, 2020
I don't have his book "Engines of Rebellion," but do have his 2012 Master's Thesis in which he offers two candidates: the Grand Era and the T.W. Roberts. The Grand Era was formerly the J.W. Mcrea and it is a good candidate (except dates), but I also have a newspaper article stating John Smoker bought the T.W. Roberts around 3 January 1863 at Alexandria, LA for $65,000. This fits Carter's letter of 1 February 1863 in which he stated he was sending the owner, R. B. Roberts to Richmond to collect the $65,000 (apparently sent Roberts' agent G.W. Smith instead). The only question on both these boats are the stated sizes of the cylinders and shafts. Neither fit the US Navy survey in '65. Also the number of boilers on each vessel is in question. I have only been able to uncover two boats that Russell B. Roberts owned at the time, the T.S. Conley and the T.W. Roberts. Will post the comparisons later. Would appreciate a copy of the page in Bixbee saying the Paul Jones. Does anyone have access to the January 1863 issues of the Shreveport News? The 3 January issue apparently has something to say about it. Newspapers.com and NewspapersArchive.com don't have these issues.Thank you for that info on her engines, I too followed the wisdom about them coming from the Paul Jones as did Saxon Bisbee in his tome.