Fort Morgan and Fort Jackson were large brick built Pentagonal Star Forts of similar size, Pithead have produced a generic model that can be used for both Forts .
In April of 1862 , Commodore George Hollins of the Confederate States Navy commanded a small flotilla of gunboats at the strategically important location of Island Number 10 on the upper Mississippi opposing the Union fleets southerly progress . The flotilla consisted of the gunboats McRae , Ivy, Ponchartrain, Maurepas, Jackson, Polk, Livingston, the floating battery New Orleans and a small steam launch used for scouting and liason work . ( Hollins used this launch to issue orders to the flotilla as he hadn't got round to devising signal flag system at this time )
Spithead Miniatures in cooperation with Kaz have researched these vessels and using the best information available. This set of models contains 64 resin and small metal parts so will require a degree of modelling skill and a few precision tools to assemble correctly .
Eight steamers were fitted out in New Orleans to defend the the lower Mississippi from the Union navy attempting to force their way past Forts St Philip and Fort Jackson at the mouth of the Mississippi . The ships, a mixed bag of coastal steamers and river towboats had their bows strengthened and their boilers protected with railroad iron , heavy timbers and cotton packing. The fleet consisted of :- Governor Moore & General Quitman of the Louisiana State Navy and Stonewall Jackson , Warrior , Defiance , Resolute, General Breckenridge & General Lovell of the River defence fleet. Spithead Miniatures in cooperation with Kaz have researched these vessels and using the best information available .
This set of models contains nearly 50 resin and small metal parts so will require a degree of modelling skill and a few precision tools to assemble correctly .
Eight steamers were fitted out in New Orleans to defend the upper Mississippi from the Union advance south . These ships had their bows strengthened for ramming and their engines and boilers protected with railroad iron, heavy timbers and Cotton packing . The fleet took part in the battles of Plum Run and Memphis in June 1862 and consisted of :- General Bragg, General Sumter, General Sterling Price (Confederate version) , General Jeff Thompson, General Beauregard , General Earl van Dorn , Colonel Lovell & Little Rebel . Please note that the Pithead model of Sterling Price has a single funnel not the two that are seen in photographs of the captured Union vessel . Our model represents the Confederate ram conversion of the river towboat Millauden not the Union version that most companies make . Pithead are grateful for Kaz and his associates in pointing out the original errors we made making the Sterling Price and for providing rare research material to enable us to make these ships as authentic as possible. This set of models contains 41 resin and small metal parts so will require a degree of modelling skill and a few precision tools to assemble correctly .
This set consists of the Ironclads CSS Louisiana and CSS Mannassas plus two tugs with fire rafts representing vessels that took part in the Louisiana forts battles.
The CSS Mannassas model we have produced is dissimilar to the infamous post war Skerrett Painting, she is armoured with New Orleans flat iron streetcar rails bolted onto a wood covered casing with twin funnels and a forward gun protected by a lifting hatch .
This set of ships comprises of 11 small gunboats, CSS Seabird , CSS Ellis , CSS Winslow, CSS Fanny, CSS Appomatox, CSS Curlew, CSS Beaufort, CSS Raleigh, CSS Junaluscka, CSS Forrest, the schooner CSS Black Warrior and the 9 gun battery Fort Bartow . The set is designed for scenarios like the "capture of USS Fanny" , "Battle of Hatteras Inlet" and the battle of "Elizabeth City" .
Fort St Philip defending New Orleans had two flanking earthworks mounting 16 guns each , they were known as the Upper and Lower Batteries and were similar in size and shape.
Fort Jackson defending New Orleans had a flanking earthworks known as the Water Battery which mounted several heavy guns .
Fort Morgan defending Mobile Bay had an imposing earthworks known as the “water battery” built in front of the main star fort which mounted several guns including 4 heavy English made rifled cannon . This model consists of the water battery and guns plus the old and new lighthouse stations located close to the battery .
This set comprises of the Ironclad CSS Tennessee, and the Gunboats CSS Selma, CSS Gaines and CSS Morgan that fought at the Battle of Mobile Bay . These models are made in resin and metal with over 30 parts.