The heavy bales of cotton slowed small arms fire, but at times the cotton would catch fire from artillery shells.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Cottonclads were a classification of steam-powered warships where a wooden ship was protected from enemy fire by bales of cotton lining its sides. This provided some protection from enemy fire, but not to the extent of ironclads. Cotton-clads were prevalent during the American Civil War, particularly in the Confederate States Navy for riverine service.