Reign of Iron The Story of the First Battling Ironclads, the Monitor and the Merrimack

ISBN-10: 0060524049

ISBN-13: 9780060524043

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Authors: James L. Nelson
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Description: At the outbreak of the Civil War, North and South quickly saw the need to develop the latest technology in naval warfare, the ironclad ship. After a year-long scramble to finish first, in a race filled with intrigue and second guessing, blundering and genius, the two ships -- the Monitor and the Merrimack -- after a four-hour battle, ended the three-thousand-year tradition of wooden men-of-war and ushered in "the reign of iron." In the first major work on the subject in thirty-five years, novelist, historian, and tall-ship sailor James L. Nelson, acclaimed author of the Brethren of the Coast trilogy, brilliantly recounts the story of these magnificent ships, the men who built and fought them, and the extraordinary battle that made them legend.

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Book details

List price: $16.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 3/29/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.31" wide x 8.00" long x 0.90" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

James L. Nelson is a native of Maine & a former professional square-rig sailor. He still lives in Maine with his wife & children, where he continues to write & maintain his involvement with traditional sail. He is the author of "By Force of Arms", "The Maddest Idea", "The Continental Risque", & "Lords of the Ocean".

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Sink Before Surrender
Sea Trials of the Monitor
Birth of the Ironclads
Pawnee Steams South
Panic
The Fall of Norfolk
The Confederate States Navy
A Chieftain Without a Clan
An Ironclad for the North
An Ironclad for the South
"Three Skilful Naval Officers"
Merrimack Redux
John Ericsson
The Princeton
"Another Ericsson Failure"
"She Will Be Your Coffin"
"An Iron-Clad, Shot-Proof Steam Battery ..."
Hard Terms
Many Vexatious Delays
The Ericsson Battery
"Do You Really Think She Will Float?"
Monitor--Person or Device for Checking or Warning
"The Vessel Was Called ... Virginia."
John L. Worden
A Novelty in Naval Construction
Testing Her Capabilities
March 8
That Ship Must Be Burned
On the Crater of a Volcano
A Gleam of Lightning
"And Thus Commenced the Great Battle ..."
The First Fight of the Ironclads
The Reign of Iron
"Merely Drilling the Men at the Guns"
The Last Meeting
The End of the Progenitors
Cape Hatteras
Epilogue: The Old Jack Tar Feeling
Notes
Selected Bibliographies
Virginia
Monitor
General
Index
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