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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monitors and projectors: Duel between the (Monitor) first ironclads
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About the author (1999)

John V. Quarstein is an award-winning historian, preservationist and author. He presently serves as historian for the city of Hampton. He previously worked as the director of the Virginia War Museum and as consultant to The Mariners' Museum's Monitor Center. Quarstein is the author of a dozen books, including Fort Monroe: The Key to the South, CSS Virginia: Mistress of Hampton Roads and A History of Ironclads: The Power of Iron Over Wood. His most recent work is The Monitor Boys: The Crew of the Union's First Ironclad. He also has produced, narrated and written several PBS documentaries, including Jamestown: Foundations of Freedom and the film series Civil War in Hampton Roads, which was awarded a 2007 Silver Telly. His latest film, Hampton: From the Sea to the Stars, was a 2011 Bronze Telly winner. John Quarstein is the recipient of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's 1993 President's Award for Historic Preservation; the Civil War Society's Preservation Award in 1996; and the United Daughters of the Confederacy's Jefferson Davis Gold Medal in 1999. Besides his lifelong interest in Tidewater Virginia's Civil War experience, Quarstein is also an avid duck hunter and decoy collector. He lives on Old Point Comfort in Hampton, Virginia, and on his family's Eastern Shore farm near Chestertown, Maryland.

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