Reading List for Union Gunboat Operations on Western Rivers

JeffBrooks

Sergeant Major
Joined
Aug 20, 2009
Messages
2,135
Location
Manor, TX
#1
If I wanted to make myself an expert on Union gunboat operations on the rivers in the Western Theater, what would I need to read?
 

Fewer ads. Lots of American Civil War content!
JOIN NOW: REGISTER HERE!

archieclement

1st Lieutenant
Forum Host
Joined
Sep 17, 2011
Messages
4,085
Location
mo
#5
If I wanted to make myself an expert on Union gunboat operations on the rivers in the Western Theater, what would I need to read?
While not devoted entirely to the subject, Civil War St Louis has a good chapter devoted to Eads ironclads, construction and overview of them in action.
 

Mark F. Jenkins

Colonel
Member of the Year
Joined
Mar 31, 2012
Messages
12,879
Location
Central Ohio
#6
Excerpted from my overall bibliography... a sampling of relevant books... obviously, not the recommendation of what to read first (!), but, rather, an idea of what else is out there. Quality is variable. For a classic example, historian Fletcher Pratt called David D. Porter's Incidents and Anecdotes of the Civil War "a d-mned bad book," but it's listed because it's written by a participant:

  • Bearss, Edwin C. Fall of Fort Henry, The. Dover, Tenn.: Eastern National Park and Monument Association, 1963. 30 pp.
  • :thumbsup: Bearss, Edwin C. Hardluck Ironclad: The Sinking and Salvage of the Cairo (Revised ed.). Baton Rouge: Louisiana State Univ. Press, 1980. 192 pp.
  • Bearss, Edwin C. Rebel Victory at Vicksburg. Vicksburg, Miss.: Vicksburg Centennial Commemoration Commission, 1963. 282 pp.
  • Bearss, Edwin C. Vicksburg Campaign, The, Vol. 1: Vicksburg is the Key. Dayton, Oh.: Morningside House, 1985. 734 pp.
  • Bearss, Edwin C. Vicksburg Campaign, The, Vol. 2: Grant Strikes a Fatal Blow. Dayton, Oh.: Morningside House, 1986. 689 pp.
  • Bearss, Edwin C. Vicksburg Campaign, The, Vol. 3: Unvexed To The Sea. Dayton, Oh.: Morningside House, 1986. 625 pp.
  • Brooksher, William Riley. War Along the Bayous: The 1864 Red River Campaign in Louisiana. Washington: Brassey's Inc., 1998. 237 pp.
  • :thumbsup: Campbell, R. Thomas. Confederate Naval Forces on Western Waters: The Defense of the Mississippi River and Its Tributaries. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, 2005. 257 pp.
  • Carter, Samuel, III. Final Fortress, The: The Campaign for Vicksburg 1862-1863. New York: Saint Martin's Press, 1980. 315 pp.
  • Catton, Bruce. Grant Moves South. Boston: Little, Brown, 1960. 564 pp.
  • :thumbsup: Cooling, Benjamin Franklin, III. Forts Henry and Donelson: The Key to the Confederate Heartland. Knoxville, Tenn.: Univ. of Tennessee Press, 1987. 354 pp.
  • Coombe, Jack D. Thunder Along the Mississippi: The River Battles That Split The Confederacy. New York: Sarpedon, 1996. 260 pp.
  • Cunningham, Edward C. Port Hudson Campaign, The, 1862-1863. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State Univ. Press, 1963. 174 pp.
  • Currie, George E. and Clarke, Norman E., Sr. (ed.) Warfare Along the Mississippi: The Letters of Lieutenant Colonel George E. Currie. Mount Pleasant, Mich.: Central Michigan Univ., 1961. 153 pp.
  • :thumbsup: Daniel, Larry J. and Bock, Lynn N. Island No. 10: Struggle for the Mississippi Valley. Tuscaloosa, Ala.: Univ. of Alabama Press, 1996. 216 pp.
  • Davis, Charles H., Jr. Life of Charles H. Davis, Rear Admiral, 1807-1877, The. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1899. 349 pp.
  • Dorsey, Florence L. Road to the Sea: The Story of James B. Eads and the Mississippi River. New York: Rinehart, 1947. 340 pp.
  • Duffy, James P. Lincoln's Admiral: The Civil War Campaigns of David Farragut. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1997. 276 pp.
  • :thumbsup: Dufour, Charles L. Night the War Was Lost, The. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1960. 427 pp.
  • Edmonds, David C. Guns of Port Hudson, The. Lafayette, La.: Acadiana Press, 1983. 271 pp.
  • :thumbsup: Ericson, Peter. Running the Batteries. Morrisville, N.C.: Lulu.com, 2008. 436 pp.
  • :thumbsup: Field, Ron. American Civil War Fortifications: The Mississippi and River Forts. London: Osprey Publishing, 2007. 64 pp.
  • Fiske, John. Mississippi Valley in the Civil War, The. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1900. 368 pp.
  • Frazier, Donald S. Fire in the Cane Field: The Federal Invasion of Louisiana and Texas, January 1861 - January 1863. Buffalo Gap, Tex.: State House/McWhiney Foundation Press, 2009. 340 pp.
  • Frazier, Donald S. Thunder Across the Swamp: The Fight for the Lower Mississippi, February-May 1863. Buffalo Gap, Tex.: State House/McWhiney Foundation Press, 2011. 544 pp.
  • Gosnell, H. Allen. Guns on the Western Waters: The Story of River Gunboats in the Civil War. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State Univ. Press, 1949. 273 pp.
  • :thumbsup: Grabau, Warren E. Ninety-Eight Days: A Geographer's View of the Vicksburg Campaign. Knoxville, Tenn.: Univ. of Tennessee Press, 2000. 617 pp.
  • Grant, Ulysses S. Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant. New York: Charles Webster, 1885. 544 pp.
  • Greene, Francis Vinton. Mississippi, The (Campaigns of the Civil War). New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1885. 276 pp.
  • Gunther, Charles F. and Allardice, Bruce S. (ed.) Two Years Before the Paddlewheel: Charles F. Gunther, Mississippi River Confederate. Abilene, Tex.: State House Press, 2012. 350 pp.
  • Hamilton, James J. Battle of Fort Donelson, The. New York: Thomas Yoseloff, 1968. 378 pp.
  • Havighurst, Walter. Voices on the River: The Story of the Mississippi Waterways. New York: Castle Books, 1964. 332 pp.
  • Hearn, Chester G. Admiral David Dixon Porter: The Civil War Years. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1996. 376 pp.
  • Hearn, Chester G. Admiral David Glasgow Farragut: The Civil War Years. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1998. 382 pp.
  • :thumbsup: Hearn, Chester G. Capture of New Orleans, The, 1862. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State Univ. Press, 1995. 292 pp.
  • :thumbsup: Hearn, Chester G. Ellet's Brigade: The Strangest Outfit of All. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State Univ. Press, 2000. 256 pp.
  • Hearn, Chester G. When the Devil Came Down to Dixie: Ben Butler in New Orleans. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State Univ. Press, 1997. 240 pp.
  • Hewitt, Lawrence Lee. Port Hudson, Confederate Bastion on the Mississippi. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State Univ. Press, 1994. 240 pp.
  • Hoppin, James M. Life of Andrew Hull Foote, Rear Admiral, United States Navy. New York: Harper & Bros., 1874. 411 pp.
  • Howard, Stephen R. Brown Paper Rams and Horse Marines: The History of the United States Ram Fleet and the Mississippi Marine Brigade in the American Civil War. Monroeville, Ind.: S.R. Howard, 2008.
  • :thumbsup: Hughes, Nathaniel Cheairs, Jr. Battle of Belmont, The: Grant Strikes South. Chapel Hill, N.C.: Univ. of North Carolina Press, 1991. 295 pp.
  • Huling, Edmund J. Reminiscences of Gunboat Life in the Mississippi Squadron. Saratoga Springs, N.Y.: Sentinel Print, 1881. 86 pp.
  • Hunter, Louis C. Steamboats on the Western Rivers: An Economic and Technological History. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard Univ. Press, 1949. 684 pp.
  • Jackson, Rex T. James B. Eads: The Civil War Ironclads and His Mississippi. Jackson, Miss.: Heritage Books, 2009. 126 pp.
  • James, Uriah P. James' River Guide: Containing Descriptions of all the Cities, Towns, and Principal Objects of Interest, on the Navigable Waters of the Mississippi Valley. Cincinnati: Uriah P. James, 1860. 128 pp.
  • Jameson, Edwin M. and Sternlicht, Sanford. Black Devil of the Bayous, The: The Life and Times of the United States Steam Sloop Hartford, 1858-1957. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Gregg Press, 1970. 205 pp.
  • Jeter, Katherine Brash. Man and His Boat, A: The Civil War Career and Correspondence of Lt. Jonathan H. Carter, CSN. Lafayette, La.: Univ. of Southwestern Louisiana, 1996. 206 pp.
  • Johnson, Ludwell H. Red River Campaign: Politics and Cotton in the Civil War. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1958. 318 pp.
  • Johnson, Robert Erwin. Rear Admiral John Rodgers, 1812-1882. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1967. 426 pp.
  • :thumbsup: Johnson, Robert Underwood. Battles and Leaders of the Civil War [4 volumes]. New York: Century Magazine, 1887. ** esp. Vol 1 **
  • Joiner, Gary D. Mr. Lincoln's Brown Water Navy: The Mississippi Squadron. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2007. 199 pp.
  • Jones, James P. and Keuchel, Edward F. (eds.) Civil War Marine: A Diary of the Red River Expedition, 1864. Washington: Marine Corps Historical Division, 1975.
  • Jones, Virgil Carrington and Peterson, Harold Leslie. USS Cairo: The Story of a Civil War Gunboat. Washington: G.P.O., 1971. 56 pp.
  • Jones, Virgil Carrington. Civil War at Sea, The, Volume Two: The River War. New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1961. 490 pp.
  • Joyner, Elizabeth. USS Cairo, The: History and Artifacts of a Civil War Gunboat. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, 2006. 190 pp.
  • Knight, James R. and Bostick, Doug Battle of Fort Donelson, The: No Terms but Unconditional Surrender. Charleston, S.C.: History Press, 2011. 160 pp.
  • :thumbsup: Konstam, Angus. Confederate Ironclad 1861-65. Oxford: Osprey Publishing, 2001. 48 pp.
  • :thumbsup: Konstam, Angus. Mississippi River Gunboats of the American Civil War 1861-65. Oxford: Osprey Publishing, 2002. 48 pp.
  • :thumbsup: Konstam, Angus. Union River Ironclad 1861-65. Oxford: Osprey Publishing, 2002. 48 pp.
  • Korn, Jerry. War on the Mississippi: Grant's Vicksburg Campaign. Alexandria, Va.: Time Life, 1985. 175 pp.
  • :thumbsup: Lepa, Jack H. Grant's River Campaign: Fort Henry to Shiloh. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, 2014. 208 pp.
  • Mahan, Alfred Thayer. Admiral Farragut: Makers of American History. New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1892. 333 pp.
  • :thumbsup: Mahan, Alfred Thayer. Navy in the Civil War, The: Vol. 3, The Gulf and Inland Waters. New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1883. 267 pp.
  • :thumbsup: Mayeux, Steven M. Earthen Walls, Iron Men: Fort DeRussy, Louisiana, and the Defense of Red River. Knoxville, Tenn.: Univ. of Tennessee Press, 2007. 329 pp.
  • Merrill, James M. Battle Flags South: Story of the Civil War Navies on Western Waters. Cranbury, N.J.: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ. Press, 1970. 334 pp.
  • Miers, Earl Schenk. Web of Victory, The: Grant at Vicksburg. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1955. 320 pp.
  • Miles, Jim. Piercing the Heartland: A History and Tour Guide of the Fort Donelson, Shiloh, and Perryville Campaigns. Nashville: Cumberland House, 2000. 176 pp.
  • Miles, Jim. River Unvexed, A: A History and Tour Guide to the Campaign for the Mississippi River. Nashville: Rutledge Hill Press, 1994. 608 pp.
  • :thumbsup: Milligan, John D. Gunboats Down the Mississippi. Annapolis: US Naval Institute, 1965. 217 pp.
  • :thumbsup: Milligan, John D. (ed.). From the Freshwater Navy, 1861-64: The Letters of Acting Master's Mate Henry R. Browne and Acting Ensign Symmes E. Browne. Annapolis: US Naval Institute, 1970. 327 pp.
  • Nevin, David. Road to Shiloh, The: Early Battles in the West. Alexandria, Va.: Time Life, 1983. 175 pp.
  • Page, Dave. Ships Versus Shore: Civil War Engagements Along Southern Shores and Rivers. Nashville: Rutledge Hill Press, 1994. 410 pp.
  • Parrish, Tom Z. Saga of the Confederate Ram Arkansas, The: The Mississippi Valley Campaign, 1862. Hillsboro, Tex.: Hill College Press, 1987. 237 pp.
  • Porter, David Dixon. General Orders, Mississippi Squadron, Rear Admiral D.D. Porter, Commanding: From October 16th, 1862, to October 29th, 1864. St. Louis: R.P. Studley and Co., Printers, 1865.
  • Porter, David Dixon. Incidents and Anecdotes of the Civil War. New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1886. 357 pp.
  • Porter, David Dixon. Internal Rules and Regulations for Vessels of the Mississippi Fleet in the Mississippi River and Tributaries. Cincinnati: Rickey & Carrol, 1863.
  • Porter, David Dixon. Naval History of the Civil War, The. New York: Sherman Publishing, 1886. 843 pp.
  • :thumbsup: Pratt, Fletcher. Civil War on Western Waters. New York: Henry Holt, 1956. 255 pp.
  • Robinson, Michael C. Gunboats, Low Water, and Yankee Ingenuity: A History of Bailey's Dam. Baton Rouge: F.P.H.C., Inc., 1991. 76 pp.
  • Savas, Theodore P. (ed.) and Woodbury, David A. and Joiner, Gary D.. Red River Campaign, The: Union and Confederate Leadership and the War in Louisiana. Shreveport, La.: Parabellum Press, 2003. 144 pp.
  • Schneller, Robert J., Jr. Farragut: America's First Admiral. Washington: Brassey's Inc., 2002. 128 pp.
  • Selfridge, Thomas O., Jr. What Finer Tradition: The Memoirs Of Thomas O. Selfridge, Jr., Rear Admiral, USN. New York: Knickerbocker Press, 1924. 288 pp.
  • Shea, William L. and Winschel, Terrence L. Vicksburg Is the Key: The Struggle for the Mississippi River. Lincoln, Nebraska: Univ. of Nebraska Press, 2003. 242 pp.
  • Slagle, Jay. Ironclad Captain: Seth Ledyard Phelps and the U.S. Navy, 1841-1864. Kent, Oh.: Kent State Univ. Press, 1996. 449 pp.
  • Smith, Myron J., Jr. American Civil War Navies: A Bibliography. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1972. 347 pp.
  • Smith, Myron J., Jr. CSS Arkansas, The: A Confederate Ironclad on Western Waters. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, 2011. 297 pp.
  • Smith, Myron J., Jr. Fight for the Yazoo, The, August 1862 - July 1864: Swamps, Forts and Fleets on Vicksburg's Northern Flank. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, 2012. 460 pp.
  • :thumbsup: Smith, Myron J., Jr. Le Roy Fitch: The Civil War Career of a Union River Gunboat Commander. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, 2007. 424 pp.
  • :thumbsup: Smith, Myron J., Jr. Timberclads, The in the Civil War: The Lexington, Conestoga and Tyler on the Western Waters. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, 2008. 482 pp.
  • :thumbsup: Smith, Myron J., Jr. Tinclads in the Civil War: Union Light-Draught Gunboat Operations on Western Waters, 1862-1865. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, 2009. 431 pp.
  • :thumbsup: Smith, Myron J., Jr. USS Carondelet, The: A Civil War Ironclad on Western Waters. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, 2010. 280 pp.
  • Soley, James Russell. Admiral Porter. New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1883. 499 pp.
  • Spears, John R. David G. Farragut. Philadelphia: G.W. Jacobs, 1905. 407 pp.
  • Stickney, John M. Promotion or the Bottom of the River: The Blue and Gray Naval Careers of Alexander F. Warley, South Carolinian. Columbia, S.C.: Univ. of South Carolina Press, 2012. 164 pp.
  • :thumbsup: Tucker, Spencer C. Andrew Foote: Civil War Admiral on Western Waters. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2000. 206 pp.
  • Walke, Henry. Naval Scenes and Reminiscences of the Civil War in the United States on the Southern and Western Waters. New York: F.R. Reed, 1877. 480 pp.
  • Way, Frederick, Jr. and Joseph W. Rutter. Way's Packet Directory 1848-1994 (Revised ed.). Athens, Oh.: Ohio Univ. Press, 1994. 643 pp.
  • Way, Frederick, Jr. and Joseph W. Rutter. Way's Steam Towboat Directory. Athens, Oh.: Ohio Univ. Press, 1990. 298 pp.
  • Welles, Gideon. Admiral Farragut and New Orleans: With an Account of the Origin and Command of the First Three Naval Expeditions of the War. New York: W.C. and F.P. Church, 1871.
  • West, Richard S., Jr. Second Admiral, The: A Life of David Dixon Porter, 1813-1891. New York: Coward-McCann, 1937.
  • Wheeler, Richard. Siege of Vicksburg, The. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1978. 245 pp.
  • :thumbsup: Wideman, John C. Sinking of the USS Cairo, The. Jackson, Miss.: Univ. Press of Mississippi, 1993. 139 pp.
  • Williams, Edward F., III. Confederate Victories at Fort Pillow. Memphis, Tenn.: Nathan Bedford Forrest Trail Committee, 1984. 48 pp.
  • Winschel, Terrence J. Triumph & Defeat: The Vicksburg Campaign, Vol. 1. New York: Savas Beatie, 2004. 248 pp.
  • Winschel, Terrence J. Triumph & Defeat: The Vicksburg Campaign, Vol. 2. New York: Savas Beatie, 2006. 210 pp.
  • Winters, John D. Civil War in Louisiana, The. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State Univ. Press, 1991. 429 pp.
 
Last edited:

Mark F. Jenkins

Colonel
Member of the Year
Joined
Mar 31, 2012
Messages
12,879
Location
Central Ohio
#7
(That listing doesn't include a few more recent titles, notably Ed McCaul's :thumbsup: To Retain Command of the Mississippi . )

ETA: To bring the list up to date, please also note:

:thumbsup: Browning, Robert M., Jr. Lincoln's Trident: The West Gulf Blockading Squadron during the Civil War

Dufrene, Dennis J. Civil War Baton Rouge, Port Hudson and Bayou Sara:: Capturing the Mississippi (Civil War Sesquicentennial) (Civil War Series)

:thumbsup: Frazier, Dr. Donald S. Blood on the Bayou: Vicksburg,Port Hudson,and the Trans-Mississippi

:thumbsup: Jeffrey, Katherine Bentley. Two Civil Wars: The Curious Shared Journal of a Baton Rouge Schoolgirl and a Union Sailor on the USS Essex

:thumbsup: McCaul, Edward B., Jr. To Retain Command of the Mississippi: The Civil War Naval Campaign for Memphis

:thumbsup: Smith, Myron J., Jr. Civil War Biographies from the Western Waters

:thumbsup: Smith, Myron J., Jr. Joseph Brown and His Civil War Ironclads: The USS Chillicothe, Indianola and Tuscumbia

:thumbsup: Smith, Timothy B. Grant Invades Tennessee: The 1862 Battles for Forts Henry and Donelson (Modern War Studies)

:thumbsup: Tomblin, Barbara Brooks. The Civil War on the Mississippi: Union Sailors, Gunboat Captains, and the Campaign to Control the River
 
Last edited:



Fewer ads. Lots of American Civil War content!
JOIN NOW: REGISTER HERE!
Top