The Bomb Brothers

Found this recently and, if you are into Civil War history, 19th-century naval conflict, or mine warfare, it could be of interest to you.

Though slim, it covers George and Gabriel Raines, the Confederacy’s “Bomb Brothers” and inventors of the Raines Patent “Landmines and Torpeado’s.”

George ran the Confederacy’s Torpedo and Mine Bureau while his younger brother Gabriel managed the Confederate Powder Works at Augusta, Georgia, which produced some 3-million pounds of powder during the conflict. Raines patented Keg “Torpeado’s and Subterranean Shells” were used to great effect during the Mobile Campaign 1864-65 (Damn the Torpedoes!) and the book has an appendix that covers each use of mines during the war.

You should get a blast out of it!

Confederate Torpedo #817 recovered from Light House Inlet, Charleston SC

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