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. 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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