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The Civil War: The Ironclad USS Monitor

Newport News, Virginia
Saturday, April 28, 2012

Author and professor David Mindell talks about the technology of the USS Monitor, and the experience of its crew aboard one of the first ironclads. He spoke in early March at the Mariners’ Museum annual Civil War Navy Conference. This year’s conference marked the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Hampton Roads where, for the first time, ironclad warships met in battle.

Updated: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 7:06pm (ET)

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