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Ironclads and Big Guns of the Confederacy: The Journal and Letters of John M. Brooke
George M. Brooke, Jr. (ed)
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. Brooke was Confederate commander of ordnance and hydrography during the Civil War. He was a largely self-taught military scientist whose inventions included the Brooke Deep-Sea Sounding Lead. 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 the exper. that would lead to his invention of the Brooke rifled gun. Illus.
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