The CSS Virginia: Sink Before Surrender

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The History Press, 2012 - History - 591 pages
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When the CSS Virginia slowly steamed down the Elizabeth River towards Hampton Roads on March 8th, 1862, the tide of naval warfare turned from wooden sailing ships to armored steam-powered vessels. Little did the ironclad's crew realize that their makeshift warship would achieve the greatest Confederate naval victory. The voyage was thought by most of the crew to be simply a procedural mission. Instead, the Virginia's aggressive commander, Franklin Buchanan, transformed the voyage into a test by fire that forever proved the supreme power of iron over wood.

The Virginia's ability to beat the odds to become the first ironclad to enter Hampton Roads stands as a testament to her designers, builders, officers and crew. Virtually everything about the Virginia's design was an improvisation or an adaptation, characteristic of the Confederacy's efforts to wage a modern war with limited industrial resources. Noted historian John V. Quarstein recounts the compelling story of this ironclad underdog, providing a detailed chronology of the ship and appendices including crew member biographies, casualties, statistics and dimensions of the ship.

  

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Contents

Preface
7
FlashpointGosport
27
Iron Against Wood
45
The Virginia
63
The Race for Hampton Roads
87
Like a Huge HalfSubmerged Crocodile
113
Aftermath
137
Enter the Monitor
151
Confederate Marines Aboard the CSS Virginia
291
Confederate Army Volunteers Aboard the CSS Virginia by Unit Designation
295
CSS Virginia Casualties March 8 1862
305
CSS Virginia Personnel Paroled at Appomattox Virginia and Greensboro North Carolina
309
CSS Virginia Officer Assignments March 8 1862
311
CSS Virginia Dimensions and Statistics
315
The Crew of the CSS Virginia
317
Chronology of the CSS Virginia
435

Mistress of the Roads
175
Equal to Five Thousand Men
191
Loss and Redemption
213
You Say Merrimack I Say Virginia
265
CSS Virginia Officers Assignment Dates
285
Confederate Navy Volunteers Aboard the CSS Virginia
287
Notes
497
Bibliography
559
Index
581
About the Author
592
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

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.