Director of the Library Jack Smith recently published is 78th book which was featured in a news article in the Greeneville Sun. The new book, titled, “The Timberclads in the Civil War — The Lexington, Conestoga and Tyler in the Western Waters,” focuses on the converted riverboats used as naval vessels on the Western front of the Civil War from 1861-1865.
The 552-page book chronicles the origin, battles and skirmishes of three particular “timberclads,” which were, according to Smith, essentially converted riverboats, which were the majority of Union vessels on inland rivers from July 1861-February 1862.
“It (the timberclads) was the only (Union) naval force for the first six months of the war, so a lot of attention is paid to that period,” including how the three timberclads were initially transported from Cincinnati to Illinois, Smith said in the Sun article.
The complete text of the article can be seen at http://www.greenevillesun.com/story/300914.
The book, published by McFarland and Company, Inc., is available at online and larger booksellers with a hardcover price of $75. The TC bookstore will have copies available later this week and will be offering a 15 percent discount.