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"A very important addition to your Civil War library."

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This new book tells the story of the little-known Civil War clashes between US Navy gunboats on the rivers of Tennessee and the artillerymen and sharpshooters of the Confederate cavalry. Explore the US river gunboat flotilla (its creation, its commanders, its vessels) and subsequent joint navy-army invasion of Middle Tennessee down the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers. The book is illustrated with 28 original maps and 100 photos and illustrations. Covered are the naval battles at Fort Henry and Fort Donelson and the remarkable Phelps Raid; the capture of Clarksville and Nashville; the little-known first battle of Shiloh; the strange Duck River Affair; Federal counterinsurgency; convoy operations; and the brilliant Forrest raids of 1864, comprising Eastport, Paris Landing, Reynoldsburg Island, Johnsonville, and Bell’s Bend.

Iron Maidens and the Devil’s Daughters

US Navy Gunboats versus Confederate Gunners and Cavalry on the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers, 1861-65

By Mark Zimmerman  ©  2019

Zimco Publications LLC, Nashville, Tennessee

ISBN: 978-0-9858692-5-0

Retail Price: $24.95

184 Pages, Paperback, Perfect Bound, 8.5 x 11

100 Photos and Illus., inc. artwork
by John Paul Strain and Andy Thomas

28 Maps, inc. 14 Original Battle Maps

Retailers contact Ingram Books for POD Full Discount/Returnable

Rave Reviews for IMDD:

“The author does an admirable job of describing this unique form of warfare—Federal river gunboats versus Confederate cavalry. Highly recommended.”

—Thomas Cartwright, Historian, Lotz House, Franklin, Tennessee

“A very important and needed addition to your Civil War library.”

—Greg Biggs, Civil War Historian; President, Clarksville Civil War Roundtable

“A must-read for anyone interested in the Nashville campaign.”

—Jim Kay, President, Battle of Nashville Preservation Society, Inc.

“General audiences and Civil War enthusiasts alike will be drawn to the work’s aesthetic appeal and ample use of visual aids...An engrossing, comprehensive examination of key Civil War river battles.”

—Kirkus Reviews

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Full Reviews for Iron Maidens and the Devil's Daughters

“The author does an admirable job of describing this unique form of warfare—Federal river gunboats versus Confederate cavalry. Particularly interesting are the numerous original maps of the skirmishes and battles. Highly recommended.”

—Thomas Cartwright, Historian, Lotz House, Franklin, Tennessee

 

“Historian Mark Zimmerman has set his sights on a very under-reported aspect of the Civil War--Union Army and Navy operations along the rivers of Tennessee. Besides covering the main battles such as Fort Donelson, this work also focuses on behind-the-lines events after the main armies of both sides had moved south of Nashville. To capture forts and towns and maintain control of the rivers, the Union created a fleet of gunboats to project power and assist seizing territory. Union occupiers turned towns into supply bases which needed protection from regular Confederate cavalry, partisans, and guerrillas seeking to disrupt that line of supply. In response, Union forces fortified their garrisons and ran counter-operations in the field. The mission of the gunboats was altered to convoy transports of troops and supplies to keep the garrisons in place. The result was more than two years of often bitter fights on the navigable rivers of Tennessee where Confederate mounted forces, sometimes supported by artillery, sank and damaged both warships and transports. Yet in the end the U.S. Navy won out. This fast-paced book is well-written and laced with excellent maps and images. No longer will these battles and the pertinent commanders be so obscure.”

—Greg Biggs, Civil War Historian

President, Clarksville Civil War Roundtable

Program Chair, Nashville Civil War Roundtable

 

Zimmerman’s eye for detail is critical. His contributions to preserving our local Civil War history have been enormous. This work adds yet another component in understanding the decisive battle at Nashville. It is a must-read for anyone interested in the Nashville campaign.

—Jim Kay, President, Battle of Nashville Preservation Society, Inc.

 

In his characteristically detailed style, Zimmerman (Guide to Civil War Nashville, 2nd Ed., 2019, etc.) provides a thorough battle history of Union Navy gunboats and Confederate gunners and cavalry in eastern Missouri, middle-to-western Tennessee, and western Kentucky. The unique geography of this region made the military campaigns there different from anywhere else during the Civil War. In one of the only places where the Union extensively deployed its “brown-water navy,” military tacticians on both sides had “no gameplan to consult” as the “rules were created as the battles were fought.” Virtually no other site in the war pitted Union gunboats against Confederate cavalry and field artillery. Adding to the lore of the Tennessee and Cumberland campaigns was that they featured some of the most famous figures of the Confederacy, including Kentucky’s John Hunt Morgan and Tennessee’s Nathan Bedford Forrest, the first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.

In addition to their distinctiveness, the author argues that the conflicts along the Tennessee and Cumberland were critical to the ultimate success of the Union forces in the war. While most of the information in these pages has been covered by historians for a century, Zimmerman’s contribution is his ability to synthesize vast quantities of arcane military data into an accessible package. The book abounds with maps, fort schematics, charts, and photographs. It also features many well-placed insets with vignettes on particular weapons, people, and places. Civil War scholars may be perturbed by the lack of footnotes and references, though the volume does contain a bibliography that cites a number of academic books.

General audiences and Civil War enthusiasts alike will be drawn to the work’s aesthetic appeal and ample use of visual aids. The volume concludes with a travel guide to the region’s battle sites that is particularly insightful, given the author’s active participation in numerous state and local Civil War preservation societies.

An engrossing, comprehensive examination of key Civil War river battles.

—Kirkus Reviews

 

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