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In April of 1862, there was a sharp action that culminated in the "Battle of Pass Christian." After a Union transport came under fire at Pass Christian Mississippi General Butler sent the gun boats USS New London and USS John P Jackson and paddle sloop USS Hatteras and a troop transport on a punitive expedition to the nearby town of Biloxi . During the night Confederate naval and army forces were galvanized for defence. Confederate gunboats CSS Carondelet , CSS Oregon and CSS Pamlico quietly sailed in among the anchored Union vessels, and at an hour before dawn, they opened fire. For two hours, the ships blazed away at one another. Having been bested in the fight the Confederates disengaged and steamed away to the west where their shallow draft allowed them to retire unmolested . On this occasion the Confederate intervention did not prove strong enough to prevent the landing of Union troops who later occupied the town , however had circumstances allowed the fourth gunboat the CSS Bienville to have been included in the flotilla then it might have tipped the balance in the Confederates favour .
This set consists of prototype models of gunboats CSS Bienville , CSS Carondelet, CSS Oregon , CSS Pamlico , CSS Arrow and troop transports CSS Swain and CSS Gray Cloud that made up the Confederate naval force defending Lake Ponchartrain and the Mississippi coast from Union naval and landing forces . The models can be used in the Battle of Pass Christian and the Landing of Confederate Marines on Ship Island 1861 . The set of 7 ships will be put into production as soon as we have recruited 4 more supporters for this project and will retail for about £36 a set . If you wish obtain a set of these models then please contact us and we will register your support . Note , a set of Union warship models listed below are on sale in the Union lists to oppose this flotilla .