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Civil War Lecture: Characteristics of a Confederate Ironclad

January 9, 2016 @ 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM EST

"Atlanta" (Confederate Ram) on James River after capture

Confederate Secretary of the Navy Stephen Russell Mallory recognized from the war’s onset that the South required ironclads for port defense to maintain the cotton-for-cannon trade with Europe. Confederate shipbuilders exhibited great creativity, resourcefulness and resolve in order to construct the first ironclad vessels. They focused on casemated gun decks, use of 2 rifled pivot guns, a shallow draft, and almost always included a ram on the ship’s bow. Over 30 ironclads were laid down; yet only 23 were in active service.

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January 9, 2016
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM EST
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