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-Eads’ Ironclads: Winning Control of the Mississippi River-

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This is the story of the rise and fall of the Radical Republicans in Missouri.


  • Federal plan to gain control of Mississippi River
  • Gunboat contract won by Eads
  • Ironclad construction
  • Survey of battles for control of Mississippi River
  • Fort Henry, Fort Donelson, Island No. 10, Plum Point Bend, Memphis, Vicksburg Campaign, Red River Campaign
  • Epilogue


  • James Buchanan Eads
  • Andrew H. Foote
  • Ulysses S. Grant
  • John Pope
  • Henry Walke
  • Charles H. Davis
  • Charles Ellet Jr.
  • David D. Porter
  • Joseph Bailey
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