Iron Coffin: War, Technology, and Experience aboard the USS <i>Monitor</i> (Google eBook)
The USS Monitor famously battled the CSS Virginia (the armored and refitted USS Merrimack) at Hampton Roads in March 1862. This updated edition of David A. Mindell's classic account of the ironclad warships and the human dimension of modern warfare commemorates the 150th anniversary of this historic encounter.
Mindell explores how mariners—fighting "blindly," below the waterline—lived in and coped with the metal monster they called the "iron coffin." He investigates how the ironclad technology, new to war in the nineteenth century, changed not only the tools but also the experience of combat and anticipated today's world of mechanized, pushbutton warfare.
The writings of William Frederick Keeler, the ship's paymaster, inform much of this book, as do the experiences of everyman sailor George Geer, who held Keeler in some contempt. Mindell uses their compelling stories, and those of other shipmates, to recreate the thrills and dangers of living and fighting aboard this superweapon.
Recently, pieces of the Monitor wreck have been raised from their watery grave, and with them, information about the ship continues to be discovered. A new epilogue describes the recovery of the Monitor turret and its display at the USS Monitor Museum in Newport News, Virginia.
This sensitive and enthralling history of the USS Monitor ensures that this fateful ship, and the men who served on it, will be remembered for generations to come.
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Review: War, Technology, and Experience Aboard the USS "Monitor"User Review - Joe - Goodreads
This book wasn't as interesting as I expected from the title. I was expecting something similar to the author's "Digital Apollo": an in-depth examination of the Monitor, and a tie-in to technology ... Read full review
Review: War, Technology, and Experience Aboard the USS "Monitor"User Review - Mark - Goodreads
A somewhat puzzling book. The title should probably be more like, "The Human Experience of Machine-Age Technology," since it's really more about how people adapt to technology, using the Monitor as a ... Read full review
A Strange Sort of Warfare
CHAPTER 1 Revising the Revolution 18151861
CHAPTER 2 Building a Ship Speaking Success
CHAPTER 3 William Keelers Epistolary Monitor
CHAPTER 4 Life in the Artificial World
CHAPTER 5 The Battle of Hampton Roads
CHAPTER 6 Iron Ship in a Glass Case AprilSeptember 1862
CHAPTER 7 Utilitarians View the Monitors Fight 18621865