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Ellet's Brigade : the strangest outfit of all (2000)

by Chester G. Hearn

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The Mississippi Ram Fleet, organized and commanded by Charles Ellet, Jr., contained all the elements of a family affair. (Introduction)
On March 28, 1862, Charles Ellet, Jr., checked into the Monongahela House at Pittsburgh and discovered that Stanton had already telegraphed the city magistrates - as far down the Ohio River as New Albany, Indiana - soliciting their cooperation.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0807125598, Hardcover)

Soon after the start of the Civil War, during the naval buildup on the central Mississippi River, celebrated civil engineer Charles Ellet, Jr., formed the Ram Fleet under U.S. secretary of war Edwin M. Stanton. Perhaps the most bizarre unit organized by the Union, the rams were shunned by both the army and navy as superfluous instruments of war. However, on June 6, 1862, they proved their worth by defeating the Confederate River Defense Fleet ironclads at Memphis while the U.S. Navy simply watched. In this lively study, Chester G. Hearn details the formation and wartime exploits of Ellet's fleet, reviving the history of this fascinating but forgotten brigade. AUTHOR BIO: Chester G. Hearn is the author of many books on the Civil War, including Gray Raiders of the Sea; The Capture of New Orleans, 1862; When the Devil Came Down to Dixie: Ben Butler in New Orleans; and Six Years of Hell: Harpers Ferry During the Civil War. He lives in Erie, Pennsylvania.

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Soon after the Civil War started, Charles Ellet Jr formed the Ram Fleet. The rams were shunned by army and navy until they proved their worth on June 6th 1862. This study details the formation and wartime exploits of Ellet's fleet, reviving the history of this almost forgotten brigade.

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