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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP06 Nov 2016 10:17 p.m. PST

… Chillicothe, Indianola and Tuscumbia.

"Well known in his time though now forgotten, Joseph Brown is a quintessential representative of mid-19th Century Midwestern economic and political success. A Scottish immigrant to Alton, Illinois, he made his pre-Civil War fortune as a miller and steamboat master, dabbling in riverboat design and small town politics on the side. When the war erupted, he employed his connections (including a friendship with Abraham Lincoln) to obtain contracts for the construction of three stopgap ironclads for the U.S. War Department, the Chillicothe, Indianola, and Tuscumbia. These vessels, often described as failures, were active in some of the most ferocious river fighting of the 1863 Vicksburg campaign, with one, the Chillicothe, employed on the Red River in 1864. After the war, "Capt. Joe," as he was nicknamed, became a railroad executive and was elected the 25th mayor of St. Louis, MO. This work is the first devoted to his life and career, as well as to the construction and operational histories of his trio of controversial warships."


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Hussar123 Inactive Member07 Nov 2016 7:08 a.m. PST

Might of been real like failures. But on the gaming table I enjoy employing them. The Chillicothe is the cheapest, points wise, ironclad the Union can deploy.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2016 10:12 a.m. PST

Happy for you my friend!. (smile)


Personal logo capncarp Supporting Member of TMP08 Dec 2016 5:40 p.m. PST

The Indianola had the honor(?) of being sunk twice: once during combat, the second when a cobbled-together fake ironclad built by the Yankees was floated down stream to "threaten" the Rebel salvage team. The salvage team panicked abd blew up the half-salved Indianola.

CampyF Inactive Member13 Dec 2016 5:15 a.m. PST

One would think in this day and age there would be a digital version available. Looks interesting.

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