“She is too expensive and valuable for a yacht.”: Rebuke in return for Foster’s plea for steamers

Almost from the day he took command of the Department of the South, Major-General John Foster had pressed Washington for more light draft steamers to support operations in the coastal waters of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.  Truth be known, the department had lost a number of such craft in the Florida operations that winter,Continue reading ““She is too expensive and valuable for a yacht.”: Rebuke in return for Foster’s plea for steamers”

“My artillery officers are not sailors”: Gillmore requests gunnery training for his steamers

As my blogging pal XBradTC likes to point out on occasion, the U.S. Army owns and operates a number of watercraft.  These are mostly for intra-theater logistic support.  The LCU 2000 class is an example of such: These are, as sharp observers will notice, very similar to the Navy’s landing craft in layout to includeContinue reading ““My artillery officers are not sailors”: Gillmore requests gunnery training for his steamers”