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Ironclad Legends

In early March of 1862, the ironclad ships of both the Confederacy and the Union finally encountered one another and engaged in a naval battle that would forever change naval technology. Even at the time, back in 1862, many people understood that this one encounter was a monumental event. Amazingly enough, one of the perks […]

Tragedy on the River Potomac

Hello folks, and welcome back to the good ol’ blog! Today’s tidbit about me is: I’ve recently become aware of an impressively blunt book by Captain John W. Trimmer called “How to Avoid Huge Ships.” And no, I’m not kidding. I don’t even need to say anything about it – instead, I urge you to […]

Ironclad Intellectuals

On the anniversary of the naming of the Virginia, it would seem appropriate to comment on the Hampton Roads area; the battle in the Chesapeake immortalized our humble home after all.  However, if you had been flipping through the New York Times on February 17, 1862, you would have happened upon the article “The Meaning […]

Keep Up The Morale, Discredit Your Enemy

In the midst of a war between brothers, morale is a key component that cannot be neglected.  The 20th and 21st centuries have laid witness to the effects of low morale, both on and off the battlefield, in conflicts ranging from Vietnam to the War on Terror.  When the public begins to doubt the probability […]

The Navy Department Will Receive Offers….

The knowledge that the Confederates were building an ironclad vessel prompted the Union into action. With the backing of Congress, the Navy Department took out advertisements in a number of newspapers across the northeast in early August, 1861. The Boston Daily Journal, New York Enquirer, Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, New York Times, and The Baltimore Clipper […]