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Duel of the Ironclads (Spotlight on History)
Duel of the Ironclads - Spotlight on History Author:Fred Freeman Spotlight on History — Duel of the Ironclads — In Pictures by Fred Freeman — 1969 edition — (OUT OF PRINT) — The strange battle between the 'Merrimack' and the 'Moniter' -- a floating iron fortress against a "tin can on a raft" -- marked a gigantic step forward in naval technology, forshadowing the endo fo wooden warships and the ascendancy of steam,... more » armor, exploding shells and the revolving gun turret. The clash, although tactically a standoff, had a significant effect on the whole course of the Civil War.
In brillian detail, artist Fred Freeman takes young readers back to this pivotal moment in American history, showing the race to build the ships, how they were designed andhow they actually worked. Then, on a clear March morning in 1862, the much feared 'Merrimack' is seen steaming out from Norfolk into the teeth of the Union fleet in Hampton Roads, shelling and ramming two proud men-of-war into matchwood as cannonballs clank off her sloping sides. The Union's 'Moniter' at last arrives to challenge the preditor, and the lumbering duel of the ironclads begins.« less