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THE TIMBERCLADS IN THE CIVIL WAR

In the most detailed history of Union warships on the western waters of the Civil War, the author recounts the the exploits of the timberclad ships Lexington, Tyler, and Conestoga. Converted to warships from commercial steamboats at the beginning of the conflict, the three formed the core of the North’s Western Flotilla, later the Mississippi Squadron. The book focuses on the activities of these wooden warriors while providing context for the greater war, including accounts of their famous commanders, their roles in both large and small battles, ship-to-ship combat, and support for the armies of Gen. U.S. Grant and Gen. William T. Sherman.

Myron J. Smith, Jr., was the library director and a professor at Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tennessee.

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FIGHT FOR THE YAZOO: AUGUST 1862-JULY 1864

Following the loss of the CSS Arkansas in early August 1862, Union and Confederate eyes turned to the Yazoo River, which formed the developing northern flank for the South’s fortress at Vicksburg, Mississippi. For much of the next year, Federal efforts to capture the citadel focused on possession of that river.

Mighty expeditions were launch (Chickasaw Bayou, Yazoo Pass, Steele’s Bayou) but the city, guarded by the swamps, and motivated defenders, could not be turned.

Finally, Union troops ran down the Mississippi and came up from the south and the river defenses and the bastion itself were taken from the east. From July 1863 to August 1864, sporadic Confederate resistance necessitated continued Federal attention. The book recounts the whole story.

Prolific author Myron J. Smith, Jr., was the library director and a professor at Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tennessee.

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TINCLADS IN THE CIVIL WAR:UNION LIGHT-DRAUGHT GUNBOAT OPERATIONS IN WESTERN WATERS 1862-1865

Once the Union Army gained control of the upper rivers of the Mississippi Valley during the first half of 1862, slow and heavy ironclads proved ineffective in patrolling the waters. Hastily outfitted steamboats were covered with thin armor and pressed into duty. These “tinclads” fought Confederate forces attacking from the riverbanks, provided convoy for merchant steamers, enforced revenue measures, and offered tow, dispatch and other fleet support services.  This history documents the service records and duties of these of these little-known vessels of the Union fleet.

Prolific author Myron J. Smith Jr., was the library director and a professor at Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tennessee.

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THE CSS ARKANSAS: A CONFEDERATE IRONCLAD ON WESTERN WATERS

While the Monitor and Merrimack are the most famous of the Civil War ironclads, the Confederacy had another ship in its flotilla that carried high hopes and a metal hull. The makeshift CSS Arkansas, completed by Lt. Isaac Newton Brown and manned by a mixed crew of volunteers, gave the South a surge of confidence when it launched in 1862. For 28 days of summer, the ship engaged in five battles with Union warship, falling victim in the end only to her own primitive engines. The saga of the CSS Arkansas represents the last significant Rebel naval activity in the wars’ Western theater.

Civil War scholar Myron J. Smith, Jr., was the library director and professor at Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tennessee.

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LE ROY FITCH:THE CIVIL WAR CAREER OF A UNION RIVER GUNBOAT COMMANDER

This is the first published biography of Lieutenant Commander Le Roy Fitch, U.S. Navy. Fitch saw action on the Ohio, Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers;  fought against Morgan, Wheeler and Forrest, as well as irregulars; commanded an ironclad monitor during the Battle of Nashville; and was renowned for his abilities in counterinsurgency and convoy tactics.

Myron J. Smith, Jr., was  the library director and a professor of history at Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tennessee.

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Tusculum College Tennessee

Author and historian Frank T. Wheeler, a developmental office for the college, has complied an engaging history that celebrates, in a word and image, the college’s fascinating story, commemorating those who have contributed to its success over the years. Appealing to alumni, faculty members, students, and residents of Greeneville, readers will surely find Tusculum College a valued addition to their personal libraries (Wheeler, 2000).

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Then & Now Books

Comparing our present to our past is how we understand our history. Books in this series offer a special view of American life by placing historical images side by side with contemporary photographs (Stevens, 2008).

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Images of Sports Books

In Bristol Motor Speedway, Sonya A. Haskins and David M. McGee team up to produce the most complete pictorial history ever complied about the Bristol Motor Speedway (McGee, 2006).

In East Tennessee State University Football, L. Thomas Roberts and former head athletic trainer, Jerry Robertson teamed up to produce the first published history of ETSU football to memorialize 80 years of play and honor all those who made it possible (Roberts, 2007).

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Images of America Books

The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhood, towns, and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today (Hooper, 2008).

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Images of America Books

The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhood, towns, and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today (Hooper, 2008).

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Haunted Kingsport

Tales of ghostly spirits envelop the northeast Tennessee landscape like a familiar mountain fog. Join Pete Dykes, editor of Kingsport’s Daily News, as he offers up a collection of spooky local stories and legends from centuries past, including such spine-chilling accounts as the foreboding ghost at the Rotherwood Mansion, devilish felines, ruthless poltergeists in Caney Creek Falls, the tortured cries from fallen Rebel soldiers still heard today-and could bigfoot really be buried in the woods of Big Stone Gap (Dykes, 2008)?

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William G. Clotworthy Presidential Books

Homes & Libraries of the Presidents is a standard among guides to presidential homes, museums, and libraries (Clotworthy, 2010).

Presidential Sites identifies and describes more than 1000 places that have helped shape and commemorate the lives of the Presidents of the United States (Clotworthy, 1998).

Homes of the First Ladies is a guide to places that commemorate and interpret the lives and legacies of the First Ladies (Clotworthy, 2011).
All the books contain information about Greeneville’s own President Andrew Johnson.

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Christmas on Deery Street & Other Seasonal Stories

Add two dollops of cream, a sprinkle of nutmeg and a dash of ginger…these stories bolster the spirit and warm the soul like a steaming cup of hot cocoa (Roberts, 2006).

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