Confederate coal torpedo : Thomas Courtenay's infernal sabotage weapon / by Joseph M. and Thomas H Thatcher
- Chapter 1. Thomas Courtenay comes to America -- Chapter 2. Courtenay's life is disrupted by Civil War -- Chapter 3. The coal torpedo is born from necessity -- Chapter 4. Jefferson Davis approves the plans -- Chapter 5. Torpedoes hinder the Union war effort -- Chapter 6. Postwar coal torpedoes and World War II use -- Appendix 1. Description of surviving coal torpedoes -- Appendix 2. Transcriptions of the source documents.
- "Forged in the fires of a desperate war, these cast iron bombs were shaped like pieces of coal to explode in the boilers of Northern ships. Their sabotage was successful and spread fear through the high command causing men like Admiral Porter and General Sherman to order any Rebel caught with them to be 'shot on the spot'. Confederate President Jefferson Davis promoted their use by a little known Secret Service Corps"--P.  of cover.
- 9780983723004 and 0983723001
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pg. 115-119) and index.
- Source of Acquisition:
- UP-PAT copy: Selected to honor Jonathan Mathews, on the occasion of receiving tenure-promotion; and purchased with funds from the Paterno Libraries Endowment; 2013.
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