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Duel Between the First Ironclads by William…

Duel Between the First Ironclads

by William C. Davis

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Davis has written a very detailed account of this famous battle which changed how military minds around the world looked at battles at sea. It heralded the end of the wooden ship as a naval vessel. Using published and unpublished material from private collections, he presents in great detail how the two vessels were conceived, how they were built and how the battle was fought. Plus he does so in a very readable manner that makes the book available to the general reader. This is a very enjoyable read for anyone interested in naval battles even though this was an unusual one. ( )
  lamour | Jan 6, 2012 |
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One was called "a tin can on a shingle"; the other, "a half-submerged crocodile." Yet, on a March day in 1862 in Hampton Roads, Virginia, after a five-hour duel, the U.S.S. Monitor and the C.S.S. Virginia (formerly the U.S.S. Merrimack) were to change the course of not only the Civil War but also naval warfare forever. Using letters, diaries, and memoirs of men who lived through the epic battle of the Monitor and the Merrimack and of those who witnessed it from afar, William C. Davis documents and analyzes this famous confrontation of the first two modern warships. The result is a full-scale history that is as exciting as a novel. Besides a thorough discussion of the designs of each ship, Davis portrays come of the men involved in the building and operation of America's first ironclads-John Ericsson, supreme egoist and engineering genius who designed the Monitor; John Brooke, designer of the Virginia; John Worden, the well-loved captain of the Monitor; Captain Franklin Buchanan of the Virginia; and a host of other men on both Union and Confederate sides whose contributions make this history as much a story of men as of ships and war. William C. Davis is the editor of Civil War Times Illustrated and the author of Breckinridge: Statesman, Soldier, Symbol ; The Battle of New Market; Battle at Bull Run; and The Orphan Brigade.

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Relates the story of the naval encounter between the ironclad Monitor and the USS Merrimack, rechristened the Virginia when refitted as an ironclad.

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