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The Battle of Hampton Roads: New Perspectives on the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia / Edition 1

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Overview


On March 8 and 9, 1862, a sea battle off the Virginia coast changed naval warfare forever. It began when the Confederate States Navy's CSS Virginia led a task force to break the Union blockade of Hampton Roads. The Virginia sank the USS Cumberland and forced the frigate Congress to surrender. Damaged by shore batteries, the Virginia retreated, returning the next day to find her way blocked by the newly arrived USS Monitor. The clash of ironclads was underway. After fighting for nine hours, both ships withdrew, neither seriously damaged, with both sides claiming victory. Although the battle may have been a draw and the Monitor sank in a storm later that year, this first encounter between powered, ironclad warships spelled the end of wooden warships-and the dawn of a new navy. This book takes a new look at this historic battle. The ten original essays, written by leading historians, explore every aspect of the battle-from the building of the warships and life aboard these iron coffinsto tactics,strategy, and the debates about who really won the battle of Hampton Roads. Co-published with The Mariners' Museum, home to the USS Monitor Center, this authoritative guide to the military, political, technological, and cultural dimensions of this historic battle also features a portfolio of classic lithographs, drawings, and paintings. Harold Holzer is one of the country's leading experts on the Civil War. His books include Lincoln and Cooper Union: The Speech That Made Abraham Lincoln President and, for Fordham, Lincoln on Democracy (co-edited with Mario M. Cuomo) and The Lincoln-Douglas Debates: The Complete, Unexpurgated Text. Tim Mulligan's books include Virginia: A History and Guide.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823224814
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press
  • Publication date: 1/31/2006
  • Series: Marine's Museum Ser.
  • Edition description: 2
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 804,334
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Harold Holzer, Senior Vice President for External Affairs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, is one of the nation's leading authorities on Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era. He served as co-chairman of the U.S. Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and has written, co-written, or edited 35 books.

TIM MULLIGAN's books include Virginia: A History and Guide.

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Table of Contents

1 The battle of Hampton Roads 1
2 Building the ironclads 19
3 Iron horse, iron coffin : life aboard the USS Monitor 37
4 Sink before surrender : the story of the CSS Virginia 57
5 Believe only half of what you read about the battle of Hampton Roads 85
6 Victory without glory? : the battle of Hampton Roads in art 111
7 "This country now occupies the vantage ground" : Union monitors vs. the British navy 125
8 Who won the battle of Hampton Roads? : a historians' debate 141
9 Discovery and recovery - the modern history of the USS Monitor : a personal memoir 155
Portfolio : highlights from the Monitor Center collection 171
Afterword : about the Mariner's Museum : the collections 189
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