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Birth of the Mississippi River Squadron, Western Flotilla 1862


The Anaconda Plan proposed by General-in-Chief Winfield Scott emphasized the blockade of Southern ports, and called for an advance down the Mississippi River to cut the South in two. With 3,500 miles of Confederate coastline and 180 possible ports of entry to patrol this was a tall task for the Blue water Navy which had but three sea going ships. This was three more ships than the Army had in the entire western interior watershed. There was No Brown water Navy. My talk will cover the building of the 12 principal ships of the Western Flotilla, and how they were used to achieve this plan.

Instructor Bio:

Born and raised in the Midwest, Mr. Duden has a deep interest in the Brown Water Navies of the Civil War, specifically the all too few Iron Clads of the South, the Timber Clads, Cotton Clads, Tin Clads and ram ships. He is also interested in the construction and usage of these ships that fought on the Cumberland, Tennessee, Ohio, Mississippi, and the Yazoo Rivers.

Recommended Reading:

Gosnell, H. Allen. Guns on Western Waters: The Story of River Gunboats in the Civil War, 1993. Daniel, Larry J. and Lynn n. Bock. Island No. 10: Struggle for the Mississippi Valley, 1996. McPherson, James M. War on the Waters: The Union and Confederate Navies, 1861-1865, 2012.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A25 George Duden Oct 5, 12 Th 1:00-2:30 p.m. Senior Center WL

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