Confederate Ironclad Vs. Union Ironclad: Hampton Roads 1862
The Ironclad was a revolutionary weapon of war. Although iron was used for protection in the Far East during the 16th century, it was the 19th century and the American Civil War that heralded the first modern armored self-propelled warships. With the parallel pressures of civil war and the industrial revolution, technology advanced at a breakneck speed. It was the South who first utilized ironclads as they attempted to protect their ports from the Northern blockade. Impressed with their superior resistance to fire and their ability to ram vulnerable wooden ships, the North began to develop its own rival fleet of ironclads. Eventually these two products of this first modern arms race dueled at the battle of Hampton Roads in a clash that would change the face of naval warfare.
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Review: Confederate Ironclad vs Union Ironclad: Hampton Roads 1862 (Duel #14)User Review - Goodreads
A solid if incredibly short book. I was surprised to learn of the significance of the nature of the ammunition and gunpowder charges on both ships which were largely responsible for the battle being a draw with no significant damage to either ship. I had never heard of this before. Read full review