DUEL BETWEEN THE FIRST IRONCLADS 1975 FIRST EDITION
THE FAMOUS CIVIL WAR BATTLE AT SEA BETWEEN THE UNION IRONCLAD MONITAR AND THE CONFEDERACY'S VIRGINIA, THE REDESIGNED AND REBUILT U.S.S. MERRIMACK.
Efficiency, and many predicted a total failure.” Midshipman Littlepage saw even-more-forthright signs of foreboding. “As we passed along we found the wharves crowded with people, men and women, the women cheering us on our way, and many of the men with serious countenances. One man, I remember, called out to us, ‘Go on with your old metallic coffin! She will never amount to anything else!’ ”4 Up to this time, the only men on board who knew the Virginia’s true mission were Buchanan and Jones.
The general with splinters. Only its failure to explode spared his life. This hardly put him in a friendly mood, and he renewed his urgings to his sharpshooters on the shore line to do their best. The men, mostly members of the 20th Indiana Infantry, were too far from the Virginia to do her crew much harm. However, when the Congress surrendered and the two Confederate steamers came alongside her, Mansfield saw his chance. He ordered the two rifle companies of the 20th Indiana to turn their fire.
The small satisfaction of seeing the fight end with his ship still afloat, while the Tecumseh sank thanks to yet another innovation with great potential for the future, an underwater mine. The men who fought the Virginia’s valiant crew, the men of the Monitor, also spread in divergent directions following their rescue and reassignment. Stimers finally fell out not only with the Navy Department over his Casco class of monitors, but with Ericsson as well. Keeler, Greene, and Bankhead would all.
Fired the First Gun,” p. 102; Greene, “In the ‘Monitor’ Turret,” p. 722; Ellis, Monitor, p. 27. 12. Greene, “I Fired the First Gun,” p. 102; Ellis, Monitor, p. 27; Great Rebellion Scrapbooks, Volume 9, MOLLUS-Mass.; Rae, “The Little Monitor Saved Our Lives,” p. 34; Stimers, “Engineer Aboard the Monitor,” p. 32; Daly, Aboard the USS Monitor, pp. 31–32. 13. Welles, “First Iron-Clad,” pp. 23–25; Beale, Diary of Gideon Welles, I, pp. 61–64; Tyler Dennett, ed., Lincoln and the Civil War in the.
706; Dew, Ironmaker, p. 120. 9. Wood to his wife, March 18 and 26, 1862; Wood, “First Fight,” p. 705; Robert M. Langdon, “Josiah Tattnall–Blood Is Thicker than Water,” United States Naval Institute Proceedings, LXXXV (June 1959), pp. 156–58; O.R.N., I, 7, p. 757. 10. Brooke to Minor, March 17, 1862, Minor Papers; Wood to his wife, March 18, 1862, Wood Papers. 11. Greene, “I Fired the First Gun,” pp. 103–4; Log of the USS Monitor, March 9, 1862, Record Group 24, National Archives, Washington,.