New Vanguard 41
1861 – 65
by Angus Konstam
illustrated by Tony Bryann
S u m m a r y
|Published by Osprey
|48 pages, colour plates.
|Interesting read; detailed
drawings; nice colour platesmaps; photos.
|Highly Recommended for
wargamers and ship modellers
Reviewed by John Prigent
Osprey’s new direction to the New Vanguard series means that it now covers
all types of war machinery through out the ages, and is accompanied by a
stylish new look to the book covers.
This title follows earlier ventures into the American Civil War with a
look at the ironclad warships of the Confederacy, and starts with the
well-known CSS Virginia. Her origins in the cut-down hull of the burnt and
captured USS Merrimac are thoroughly covered, as is her fight with the USS
Monitor. No surprises there, but readers with no specialised reading
behind them in the naval side of the ACW will be surprised by the number
of Confederate ironclads which followed her.
Only 22 of the 50-plus laid down were ever completed, but all of them are
mentioned here and as much information as possible is given about each.
Potted histories, colour plates with plan and draught views of eight of
them, plates of the battles of New Orleans and Mobile Bay, and the
trademark cutaway showing CSS Virginia are accompanied by chapters on
shipbuilding, naval gunnery, the guns themselves, the role of the
ironclad, the officers and men, life on board and the tactics used.
This is all quite fascinating to read, and good contemporary drawings are
accompanied by some rare photographs to boot. The plates and illustrations
give quite enough to allow the ships to be modelled in small scale, so all
we need is the anticipated companion book on USS Monitor and the other US
ironclads, and then wargamers can enjoy refighting some of the Civil war
Review Copyright © 2001 by John
Page Created 23 August, 2001
22 July, 2003
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