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Monitor's Unknown Mission

Monitor's Unknown Mission

The Navy Attempt on the Petersburg Bridges, 26-28 June 1862

ByChuck Veit

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Here is the unsung and all but forgotten story of a major failed mission of the American Civil War. Undertaken at the request of the President, the Navy dedicated a dozen gunboats (including the ironclads Monitor and Galena) and an untried secret weapon to the destruction of the railroad bridges connecting Petersburg with Richmond. Success would not attend their efforts, but the attempt was well worth the risk. Had it succeeded, the naval expedition might well have brought about or at least hastened the end of the Rebellion. That most of the squadron escaped unscathed was due entirely to the battles raging on the peninsula to the north. Southern leadership was necessarily focused on the Union army sitting but a few miles from their capitol--and missed the opportunity to capture or destroy a dozen of the Yankee ships on the James River.

Details

Publication Date
Dec 15, 2022
Language
English
ISBN
9781387406197
Category
History
Copyright
All Rights Reserved - Standard Copyright License
Contributors
By (author): Chuck Veit

Specifications

Pages
152
Binding
Perfect Bound
Interior Color
Black & White
Dimensions
US Trade (6 x 9 in / 152 x 229 mm)

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