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  • African American Soldier in the Civil Warby Mark Lardas

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2012; US$ 14.95

    Approximately 200,000 African Americans fought for the Union during the Civil War. Initially, many white soldiers doubted their bravery and skill; they were soon proved wrong. The United States Colored Troops performed countless acts of courage, most famously at the battle of Fort Wagner where the 54th Massachusetts marched forth and scaled the parapets,... more...

  • American Heavy Frigates 1794-1826by Mark Lardas

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2012; US$ 13.95

    By 1805 the 44-gun frigate was probably viewed as a failed experiment whilst the 38-gun frigate was viewed as the vessel of the future. Ten years later every navy was building 44-gun frigates and today it is viewed as the symbol of the Napoleonic-era cruiser. This remarkable transformation resulted from the performance of three ships - the Constitution,... more...

  • American Light and Medium Frigates 1794-1836by Mark Lardas

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2012; US$ 13.95

    The 'Original Six' frigates were commissioned by the new-born US Navy at a staggering cost of nearly $700,000. Designed to be light and fast, these warships enabled America to project its power across the globe. Among the ships Mark Lardas examines is USS Constellation: the first ship to be commissioned by the United States Navy. Alongside stirring... more...

  • Bonhomme Richard vs Serapisby Mark Lardas

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2012; US$ 15.95

    The clash between the American Bonhomme Richard and the British HMS Serapis during the American Revolutionary War is perhaps the most famous single-ship duel in history. This epic battle between two very similar ships - and crews - off the coast of Britain in September 1779 created two naval heroes: in victory, John Paul Jones became a figure that... more...

  • CSS Alabama vs USS Kearsargeby Mark Lardas

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2011; US$ 15.95

    The most successful commerce raider of the Civil War, the CSS Alabama almost single-handedly drove United States merchant shipping from the seas. Her illustrious career saw the capture of 60 merchant ships and two duels with ships of the US Navy. This book gives the complete story of the development of the Confederacy's commerce raiding force and... more...

  • Constitution vs Guerriereby Mark Lardas

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2012; US$ 15.95

    Famed as a classic naval duel, a one-on-one clash between two sailing frigates offered the victor immeasurable fame and glory. During the War of 1812, the Royal Navy and United States Navy squared off in four such duels, the most famous that between the USS Constitution and HMS Guerri¸re. Ships and tactics between the two nations varied enormously,... more...

  • Decatur's Bold and Daring Act - The Philadelphia in Tripoli 1804by Mark Lardas

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2012; US$ 9.95

    On a dark night in 1804, Lt. Stephen Decatur and a team of hand-picked men, slipped into Tripoli harbor in a small boat. Their target was the USS Philadelphia. Captured by the Barbary pirates four months previously, the Philadelphia had been refitted to fight against her former masters. Decatur's mission was to either recapture the ship, or failing... more...

  • George Washingtonby Mark Lardas

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2011; US$ 9.95

    Despite his lack of formal military training, George Washington may be one of history's must underrated commanders. Building an army virtually from scratch, he defeated the pre-eminent military power of his day. Although, he made mistakes, especially early in the war when he composed over-complicated plans that proved beyond the ability of his army... more...

  • Great Lakes Warships 1812-1815by Mark Lardas

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2012; US$ 13.95

    When war broke out in 1812, neither the United States Navy nor the Royal Navy had more than a token force on the Great Lakes. However, once the shooting started, it sparked a ship-building arms race that continued throughout the war. This book examines the design and development of the warships built upon the lakes during the war, emphasising their... more...

  • Native American Mounted Rifleman 1861-65by Mark Lardas

    Osprey Publishing Ltd 2012; US$ 14.95

    Before the American Civil War most Native Americans or Indians lived in an area of the South known as the Five Civilized Nations. At the war's outbreak many of these Indians enlisted in the Confederate and Union armies, and were organized into regiments of mounted riflemen. They were motivated to protect their land and way of life, often fighting... more...