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Ironclads at War: The Monitor vs the Merrimac
     

Ironclads at War: The Monitor vs the Merrimac

by Dan Abnett, Ron Wagner (Illustrator), Dheeraj Verma (Illustrator)
 

On March 9, 1862, the world's first battle between two ironclad warships took place in the confined waters of Hampton Roads, Virginia. The previous day the Confederate ironclad CSS Merrimack - officially the CSS Virginia - impervious to her enemy's guns, had sunk two Union warships. When she re-emerged from Norfolk to complete the destruction of the Union

Overview

On March 9, 1862, the world's first battle between two ironclad warships took place in the confined waters of Hampton Roads, Virginia. The previous day the Confederate ironclad CSS Merrimack - officially the CSS Virginia - impervious to her enemy's guns, had sunk two Union warships. When she re-emerged from Norfolk to complete the destruction of the Union blockading squadron, the USS Monitor steamed out to meet her. The four-hour duel that ensued was a stalemate, but crucially the Virginia had failed to break the Northern blockade of the Southern ports. In a single battle these two ironclads rendered wooden warships obsolete and transformed the face of naval warfare forever.

This full-color comic book includes further reading, essential information on the background, aftermath and key players of the conflict, illustrating one of the most revolutionary naval battles in world history and transports the reader to the cramped and dangerous conditions that the sailors faced for the first time.

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From the Publisher

“While I have a feeling that this book is aimed at the younger market, it also has a place with those of us who have read quite a bit on the subject... Like other Osprey titles, this is one you can buy with confidence.” —Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com

“So far the series looks promising with titles on D-Day, The Battle of the Bulge, Iwo Jima, Gettysburg, Shiloh, and Antietam to name a few. The Volume on the Monitor and the Merrimac is a well done primer on the subject for young people.” —Ted Alexander, Blue & Gray Magazine (Holiday 2007)

“For both the young and young at heart, the comic book style format of this publication makes learning both fun and easy, as well as adding the nostalgic excitement of the comic energy. Illustrated in full color, the entire story of the Monitor/Merrimac battle is documented with eye pleasing, action packed drawings, expertly done by Ron Wagner and Dheeraj Verma.” —Mark Smith, Model Shipwrights

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781846030536
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
02/27/2007
Series:
Graphic History Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 9.79(h) x 0.22(d)
Age Range:
8 Years

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Meet the Author


Dan Abnett lives and works in Maidstone, Kent. After graduating from Oxford, he worked as an editor of comics and children's books before turning to writing full time. Notable works include Scooby Doo, Thunderbirds, Star Trek, The X-Men, Johnny Bravo, Batman, Dr Who, Mr Men, The Terminator and Postman Pat. He created and writes the popular series Sinister Dexter for 2000 AD and has recently finished a five year run on The Legion of Superheroes for DC Comics. Dan was voted Best Writer Now at the British National Comic Awards 2003. The author lives in Kent, UK.

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