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Work ordered to begin on a new ironclad

CSS Virginia was the first ironclad warship of the Confederate States Navy and was one of the participants in the Battle of Hampton Roads in March, 1862 opposite the USS Monitor. As you’ll recall, when Virginia seceded from the Union in 1861, one of the important federal military bases threatened was Gosport Shipyard, now Norfolk […]

Secret work…….

150 years ago today, Lieutenant John Mercer Brooke, Naval Constructor John Luke Porter, and Chief Engineer William Price Williamson completed the report on Confederate homefront ironclad design. The Panel would ultimately recommend that the salvaged Merrimack be transformed into an ironclad. Porter and Williamson had arrived in Richmond the day before, Porter bringing with him […]

And on June 3rd…..

On this day in 1861, Secretary of the Confederate Navy, Stephen Russell Mallory instructed naval engineer Lieutenant John Mercer Brooke to develop an ironclad design for construction in the South. Former presidential candidate and Illinois senator Stephen A. Douglas passed away in Chicago from a suspected case of typhoid fever. “The Little Giant” was 48. […]