Reign of Iron (Google eBook)

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Zondervan, Oct 13, 2009 - History - 400 pages
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At the outbreak of the Civil War, North and South quickly saw the need to develop the latest technology in naval warfare, the ironclad ship. After a year-long scramble to finish first, in a race filled with intrigue and second guessing, blundering and genius, the two ships -- the Monitor and the Merrimack -- after a four-hour battle, ended the three-thousand-year tradition of wooden men-of-war and ushered in "the reign of iron."

In the first major work on the subject in thirty-five years, novelist, historian, and tall-ship sailor James L. Nelson, acclaimed author of the Brethren of the Coast trilogy, brilliantly recounts the story of these magnificent ships, the men who built and fought them, and the extraordinary battle that made them legend.

  

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Review: Reign of Iron: The Story of the First Battling Ironclads, the Monitor and the Merrimack

User Review  - Ted - Goodreads

This is for true history buffs. Lots of detail here so it won't appeal to the casual reader of history. I started out with gusto and spent the last few chapters in "gorge mode" (flipping pages ... Read full review

Review: Reign of Iron: The Story of the First Battling Ironclads, the Monitor and the Merrimack

User Review  - Claudette - Goodreads

Could have been better proof-read. It was slow, but well worth it in the end. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Sink Before Surrender
5
Sea Trials of the Monitor
19
Birth of the Ironclads
31
Pawnee Steams South
41
Panic
51
The Fall of Norfolk
60
The Confederate States Navy
69
Do You Really Think She Will Float?
175
MonitorPerson or Device for Checking or Warning
183
The Vessel Was Called Virginia
192
John L Worden
202
A Novelty in Naval Construction
210
Testing Her Capabilities
219
March 8
229
That Ship Must Be Burned
239

A Chieftain Without a Clan
75
An Ironclad for the North
83
An Ironclad for the South
91
Three Skilful Naval Officers
98
Merrimack Redux
107
John Ericsson
114
The Princeton
120
Another Ericsson Failure
127
She Will Be Your Coffin
143
An IronClad ShotProof Steam Battery
144
Hard Terms
152
Many Vexatious Delays
159
The Ericsson Battery
165
On the Crater of a Volcano
251
A Gleam of Lightning
259
And Thus Commenced the Great Battle
265
The First Fight of the Ironclads
274
The Reign of Iron
284
Merely Drilling the Men at the Guns
292
The Last Meeting
301
The End of the Progenitors
313
Cape Hatteras
321
EPILOGUE The Old Jack Tar Feeling
336
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHIES
355
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

James L. Nelson has served as a seaman, rigger, boatswain, and officer on a number of sailing vessels. He is the author of By Force of Arms, The Maddest Idea, The Continental Risque, Lords of the Ocean, and All the Brave Fellows -- the five books of his Revolution at Sea Saga. -- as well as The Guardship: Book One of the Brethren of the Coast. He lives with his wife and children in Harpswell, Maine.

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