The Battle of the Ironclads

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Arcadia Publishing, 1999 - History - 128 pages
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Battle of the Ironclads brings to life the dramatic events which occurred in Hampton Roads on March 8 and 9, 1862. This first battle between armored vessels, often called the Monitor-Merrimack engagement, is perhaps the most significant naval event of the entire Civil War. This thrilling history is the first volume to offer a comprehensive pictorial interpretation of the men and ships that forever changed naval warfare. Over 150 images, including photographs, engravings, paintings, and sketches, have been gathered from museums, archives, and private collections to chronicle the exciting story of the U.S.S. Monitor and the C.S.S. Virginia (Merrimack). While Battle of the Ironclads is a visual history of the first battle between armored ships, it is also a saga of uncommon valor and leadership epitomized by Franklin Buchanan, George U. Morris, Samuel Dana Greene, and John Taylor Wood. The brilliant innovations of John Mercer Brooke and the farsighted inventions of John Ericsson made this

showdown in Hampton Roads a death for wooden sailing

ships. Battle of the Ironclads is indeed an epic tale that tells how steam-powered iron vessels not only influenced the Civil War, but more importantly, how the two ironclads echoed the dawn of modern navies.
  

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Contents

Introduction
7
U S S Merrimack
9
Transformation
23
Ericssons Folly
39
Sink Before You Surrender
53
Showdown in Hampton Roads
77
Gave Her to the Flames
95
Wrong Way to Richmond
113
Cape Hatteras
119
Iron Against Wood
125
Acknowledgments
128
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John V. Quarstein, an award-winning historian and director of the Virginia War Museum, created this volume along with photographic editors Sarah Goldberger, J. Michael Moore, and Tim Smith. Together they have documented, with word and image, the powerful stories of heroism and technology that made the Monitor-Virginia duel a battle that revolutionized naval warfare.

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