Rise Of The Ironclads: A Revolution In Naval Warfare

One of the most famous naval engagements in American history was the duel fought at Hampton Roads, Virginia, on March 9, 1862 between the ironclad warships USS Monitor and CSS Merrimack (more precisely named the CSS Virginia).  I have recently been learning much more about the details of the battle, in Richard Snow’s wonderfully entertaining Iron Dawn:  The Monitor, the Merrimack, and the Civil War Sea Battle That Changed History.  I listened to the audiobook, and wanted to convey some basic outlines of the story here.

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