Talk:Battle of Forts Jackson and St. Philip

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I wish to expand the text considerably, bringing it up to B-class status. I have already gathered much of the material, but it will take a couple of weeks enter it all, given my typing skills. Be patient, but feel free to advise me of errors.PKKloeppel (talk) 17:12, 10 April 2008 (UTC)

Consult WP:TMAIN for templates to show you're doing lengthy edits. I corrected a few formatting things in your first round. Hal Jespersen (talk) 23:28, 10 April 2008 (UTC)
Done. Thank you.PKKloeppel (talk) 10:39, 11 April 2008 (UTC)

Research Question[edit]

Sorry if this doesn't belong here, delete at will. New to wikiworld.

I am researching a novel that involves this battle and there is one term used that I can't find a definition for. What the H is a Cottonclad??? Any help would be appreciated.--CancelHoo72 (talk) 19:11, 26 June 2008 (UTC)

It is an informal term. Just as an ironclad is a ship encased in iron armor, and a timberclad is one that has extra wooden protection above the water line (usually multiple layers of thick oak), a cottonclad is nickname for a ship that has bales of cotton stacked up around her superstructure, hoping to provide at least a minor protection from small arms fire and artillery hits. Not too effective, but better than nothing. There is no Wikipedia article directly about cottonclads, but I notice that someone has created a template pointing to articles about them: Hal Jespersen (talk) 22:11, 26 June 2008 (UTC)
Actually, two kinds of cottonclads were used. Most common were those that Hal has just described. Early in the war, however, some rivermen at New Orleans got the idea of protecting the engines of ships being converted into rams with a double bulkhead of heavy timbers, plated with iron, and with cotton rammed into the space between the timbers. Although the cotton was the least important part of the armor, it seemed to tickle the public funnybone, so they became the original cottonclads. See River Defense Fleet. PKKloeppel (talk) 03:22, 28 June 2008 (UTC)

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