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Our Little Monitor : the Greatest Invention of the Civil War.

Author: Anna Gibson Holloway; Jonathan W White
Publisher: Ashland : The Kent State University Press, 2018.
Series: Civil War in the North.
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On March 9, 1862, the USS Monitor and CSS Virginia met in the Battle of Hampton Roads the first time ironclad vessels would engage each other in combat. For four hours the two ships pummeled one another as thousands of Union and Confederate soldiers and civilians watched from the shorelines. Although the battle ended in a draw, this engagement would change the nature of naval warfare by informing both vessel design  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Holloway, Anna Gibson.
Our Little Monitor : The Greatest Invention of the Civil War.
Ashland : The Kent State University Press, ©2018
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Anna Gibson Holloway; Jonathan W White
ISBN: 9781631012648 1631012649
OCLC Number: 1027202314
Notes: Selected BibliographyIndex.
Description: 1 online resource (305 pages).
Contents: Cover; Copyright; Contents; Tables and Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Introduction; Part One: The Monitor in History and Memory; Chapter 1: The Origins of the CSS Virginia; Chapter 2: ""The Navy Department Will Receive Offers . . .â#x80;#x9D;; Chapter 3: Building the Monitor; Chapter 4: The Battles of Hampton Roads; Chapter 5: ""The Pet of the People"": The Monitor in Popular Culture; Chapter 6: Aftermath of Battle; Chapter 7: ""The Monitor Is No Moreâ#x80;#x9D;; Chapter 8: Discovery and Recovery; Part Two: A Documentary Record of the USS Monitor. Chapter 9: The U.S. Gun Boat Currituck Escorts the Monitor to Hampton Roads, March 3â#x80;#x93;9, 1862Chapter 10: Firsthand Accounts of the Battle of Hampton Roads, March 8â#x80;#x93;10, 1862; Chapter 11: President Lincolnâ#x80;#x99;s Mailbag, March 10â#x80;#x93;17, 1862; Chapter 12: An Engineerâ#x80;#x99;s View from the Monitor, May 14â#x80;#x93;June 30, 1862; Chapter 13: Repairing the Monitor: News Reports from October and November 1862; Chapter 14: Two Surgeons Observe the Monitorâ#x80;#x99;s Final Moments: December 30, 1862, to January 11, 1863; Appendix: Specifications of the Merrimack and Virginia Before and After Conversion; Notes.
Series Title: Civil War in the North.

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On March 9, 1862, the USS Monitor and CSS Virginia met in the Battle of Hampton Roads the first time ironclad vessels would engage each other in combat. For four hours the two ships pummeled one another as thousands of Union and Confederate soldiers and civilians watched from the shorelines. Although the battle ended in a draw, this engagement would change the nature of naval warfare by informing both vessel design and battle tactics. The wooden walls of navies around the world suddenly appeared far more vulnerable, and many political and military leaders initiated or accelerated their own ironclad-building programs. Americans did not initially have much faith in the Monitor. Few believed that this strange little vessel could hold her own against the formidable Confederate ironclad Virginia, which had been built on the bones of the scuttled USS Merrimack in Portsmouth, Virginia. The Virginia, seemingly relentless and unstoppable, had ravaged the U.S. Navy in Hampton Roads on March 8, just before the Monitor arrived. Yet the following day, the cheesebox on a raft proved her Union mettle, becoming a national hero in her own right. For the remainder of the Civil War the Union Navy used dozens of monitor-style vessels on inland waters as well as at sea. But there would always be only one first Monitor, and she became affectionately known to many throughout the nation as Our Little Monitor. Her loss off Cape Hatteras on December 31, 1862, was mourned as keenly in the press as the loss of 16 of her men that night. Using the latest archaeological finds from the USS Monitor Center in Newport News, Virginia, as well as untapped archival material, Anna Gibson Holloway and Jonathan W. White bring Our Little Monitor to life once more in this beautifully illustrated volume. In addition to telling her story from conception in 1861 to sinking in 1862, as well as her recent recovery and ongoing restoration, they explain how fighting in this new machine changed the experience of her crew and reveal how the Monitor became the pet of the people a vessel celebrated in prints, tokens, and household bric-a-brac; a marketing tool; and a prominent feature in parades, Sanitary Fairs, and politics.

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