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CSS Alabama: Anatomy of a Confederate Raider Hardcover – June 1, 2002


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  • Hardcover: 191 pages
  • Publisher: US Naval Institute Press; 1ST edition (June 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557500037
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557500038
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 9.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,228,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David M. Garrett on March 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Andrew Bowcock's "Anatomy" is exactly that, a superb dissection of the Confederate Steam Ship Alabama. If someone wished to rebuild Alabama - either as a scale model or operating duplicate, this could be the blueprint. The book is not for the faint hearted, but "project detail" for historians, model builders, naval engineers or architects, etc. seeking specifications of the commerce raider. Deep in primary and secondary research (i.e., original doucments and plans, contemporary accounts, and study of the discovered wreck off the coast of France) the book features copies of original documents for the ship as proposed, built and in service. An interesting plus is the text of the contact between the CSA's James Bulloch and Birkenhead Work's William Laird, Jr. for the ship's construction.

The 200 pages include photographs and paintings, line drawings in every conceivable level detail (hull, decks, sails and rigging, armament, and machinery), descriptions, as well as measurement and weight specifications, equipment descriptions and lists. A brief history of the vessel, from conception to its end, at the hands of USS Kearsarge, is addressed in the Introduction. The only aspects I found lacking were (a) all pictures and illustrations are in black and white and, (b) a lack of information on color (e.g., hull, boats, masts). Highly recommended for the discriminating Civil War naval interest.
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As much accurate detail about the Alabama as posible. Very nice book and very much worth every penny. I would recomend it to anyone building a model of the Alabama.
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