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The Civil War: Naval Technology

Richmond, VA
Saturday, October 15, 2011

The 1862 battle between the C.S.S. Virginia and the U.S.S. Monitor off Hampton Roads, Virginia marked the first time ironclad ships met in combat. The Civil War ushered in a number of advances in naval technology beyond the use of ironclads, including gains in mine, torpedo and artillery design, as well as the first-time use of a submarine to sink an enemy ship.

Museum of the Confederacy Historian John Coski talked about these developments at an event in Richmond, Virginia.

Updated: Monday, October 17, 2011 at 11:41am (ET)

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