On the First Clash of Ironclads

Here’s my newest blog post for Library of America’s Reader’s Almanac … on the meeting of the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia on March 9, 1862.

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2 thoughts on “On the First Clash of Ironclads

  1. wgdavis March 8, 2012 / 4:04 pm

    Nice concise article on the Battle of Hampton Roads.

  2. John Foskett March 9, 2012 / 8:15 am

    Good job. The quote from Hawthorne actually stumbled on an important “BuPers’ development for the Navy (which was already underway with the steam revolution but which the exclusively engine-driven ironclads made essential). The engineer became a crew member who was as important as any of the other officers on board.

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