Ironclads and big guns of the Confederacy : the journal and letters of John M. Brooke /
edited by George M. Brooke, Jr.
Columbia, S.C. : University of South Carolina Press, c2002.
xv, 257 p. : ill.
1570034184 (alk. paper)
More Details
added author
Columbia, S.C. : University of South Carolina Press, c2002.
1570034184 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
Includes bibliographical references (p. 251-252) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
George M. Brooke, Jr., is professor emeritus of history at the Virginia Military Institute and the grandson of John M. Brooke. A veteran of World War II, Brooke is the author of John M. Brooke, Naval Scientist and Educator and John M. Brooke's Pacific and Japanese Adventure, 1858-1860. He lives in Lexington, Virginia
This item was reviewed in:
Reference & Research Book News, August 2002
To find out how to look for other reviews, please see our guides to finding book reviews in the Sciences or Social Sciences and Humanities.
Unpaid Annotation
Loaded with previously unavailable information about the Confederate Navy's effort to supply its fledgling forces, the wartime diaries and letters of John M. Brooke (1826-1906) tell the neglected story of the Confederate naval ordnance office, its innovations, and its strategic vision. As Confederate commander of ordnance and hydrography in Richmond, Virginia, during the Civil War, Brooke numbered among the military officers who resigned their U.S. commissions and "went South" to join the Confederate forces at the onset of conflict. A twenty-year veteran of the United States Navy who had been appointed a midshipman at the age of fourteen, Brooke was a largely self-taught military scientist whose inventions included the Brooke Deep-Sea Sounding Lead. In addition to his achievements as an inventor, Brooke was a draftsman, diarist, and inveterate letter-writer. His copious correspondence about military and personal matters from the war yields detailed and often unexpected insights into the Confederacy's naval operations.Charged with developing a vessel that could break the Union blockade, Brooke raised the Merrimack, a wooden vessel scuttled by the Union Navy, and outfitted it with armor plates as the CSS Virginia. Brooke's papers trace his conception of the plan to create the first Confederate ironclad warship and offer insight into other innovations, revealing a massive amount of factual information about the Confederacy's production of munitions.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
List of Abbreviationsp. xv
Introduction: Brooke's Actions on the Eve of Warp. 1
Brooke's Resignation from the United States Navy and Appointment to Confederate Servicep. 15
Conversion of the Merrimac to the Virginia and Experiments in Ordnancep. 22
The Virginia in Hampton Roadsp. 58
James River Defense, Inventions, Personal Woes, and Promotionp. 89
Developments in Ordnancep. 115
Personal Sorrow and Continued Activity in Ordnancep. 164
Hard Work to the Endp. 199
Epiloguep. 204
Notesp. 207
Bibliographyp. 251
Indexp. 253
Table of Contents provided by Syndetics. All Rights Reserved.

This information is provided by a service that aggregates data from review sources and other sources that are often consulted by libraries, and readers. The University does not edit this information and merely includes it as a convenience for users. It does not warrant that reviews are accurate. As with any review users should approach reviews critically and where deemed necessary should consult multiple review sources. Any concerns or questions about particular reviews should be directed to the reviewer and/or publisher.

  link to old catalogue

Report a problem