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Updated on November 12, 2012

CSS Louisiana

The Louisiana, under Commander C.F. McIntosh, along with other ships of the Confederate Navy and the forts themselves sought to defend the passage to New Orleans. The intention of the North was to take New Orleans in order to have a greater advantage in fulfilling the Anaconda Plan. The Anaconda Plan was a Yankee strategy to envelop the Confederacy by way of control of the Mississippi River and the oceans surrounding the Confederacy.

Blueprint of CSS Louisiana

Blueprint of CSS Louisiana
Blueprint of CSS Louisiana

Iron Afloat: The Story of the Confederate Armorclads

by William N. Still

Everyone knows the story of the battle of the Monitor and the Merrimack. But how many people know the story behind the Confederacy's attempt to build a fleet of armorclad vessels of war? Built from converted steam ships, built on riverbeds and cornfields. Learn how the Confederacy built a fleet of ironclads that were more than a match for anything from the Northern invaders.

CSS Louisiana Civil War Ironclad

CSS Louisiana Civil War Ironclad
CSS Louisiana Civil War Ironclad

The CSS Virginia: Sink Before Surrender

The CSS Virginia: Sink Before Surrender Published by The History Press

by John V. Quarstein

The morning the CSS Virginia (formerly the USS Merrimack) slowly steamed down the Elizabeth River toward Hampton Roads on March 8, 1862, naval warfare changed forever. Wooden sailing ships became obsolete, armored, steam-powered vessels where the new dreadnaughts. Little did the ironclad's crew realize that their makeshift warship would achieve the greatest Confederate naval victory. The trip was thought by most of the crew to be a trial cruise. Instead, the Virginia's aggressive commander, Franklin Buchanan, transformed the voyage into a test by fire that forever proved the supreme power of iron over wood.

The Virginia's ability to beat the odds to become the first ironclad to enter Hampton Roads stands as a testament to her designers, builders, officers and crew. Virtually everything about the Virginia s design was an improvisation or an adaptation, characteristic of the Confederacy's efforts to wage a modern war with limited industrial resources. Noted historian John V. Quarstein recounts the compelling story of this ironclad underdog, providing detailed appendices, including crew member biographies and a complete chronology of the ship and crew.

CSS Louisiana

CSS Louisiana
CSS Louisiana

CSS Virginia Limited Edition

CSS Virginia, Limited Edition

This is a full assembled ready for display museum quality replica of the CSS Virginia, formerly the USS Merrimack. This model is 34" long by 7" wide and 9" high, 1/96 scale. Built of high quality wood and brass detail parts. These museum-quality scale Civil War replicas of one of history's most famous warships produced as Limited Edition ironclad models of the famous CSS Virginia, are certain to enthrall even the most discriminating naval historian or Civil War buff.

What Happened to the Civil War Ironclads?

Final Resting Places

CSS Louisiana. Destroyed to prevent capture near Fort St. Philip below New Orleans 28 Apr 1862. Wreck magnetically located 1981.

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      Thanks for Civil War facts and history, any bit of info is important for me.

      Great lens, I will find and read Iron Afloat, thanks so much.

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      Paperquest5 5 years ago

      @SquidooPower: Thank you, SquidooPower. And thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment.

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      Paperquest5 5 years ago

      @SquidooPower: SquidooPower, thanks for dropping by. Glad you liked the lens!

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      SquidooPower 5 years ago

      Very good lens!

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      nightbear lm 8 years ago

      Excellent Civil War History. It is obvious, your love of the ironclads.