Duel Between the First Ironclads [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Presents the history of the building of the Monitor, combining the very latest in naval invention and technology, and the Virginia, formerly the Merrimack, which showed what ingenuity could do to correct for poor resources. Months of feverish activity of North and South culminated in a few hours of intense combat in March 1862. The author affords a step inside the turret in an account spiced with human-interest stories of men fighting a new kind of war. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307817501
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/9/2012
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 201
  • Sales rank: 766,345
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

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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