Hampton Roads 1862

Clash of the Ironclads

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Hampton Roads 1862

Clash of the Ironclads

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This Osprey title examnies the first naval conflict of the American Civil War (1861-1865). On 9 March 1862 the world's first battle between two ironclad warships took place in the confined waters of Hampton Roads, Virginia. The previous day the Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia, impervious to her enemy's guns, had sunk two Union warships. When she re-emerged from Norfolk to complete the destruction of the Union blockading squadron the USS Monitor steamed out to meet her. The four-hour duel that ensued was a stalemate, but crucially the Virginia had failed to break the Northern blockade of the Southern ports. Nevertheless, in a single battle these two vessels rendered wooden warships obsolete and transformed the face of naval warfare forever.

Table of Contents

Introduction/Chronology/Opposing Commanders/Opposing Forces/Background to the Campaign/The Battle of Hampton Roads/The Aftermath/The Battlefield Today/Further Reading/Index

Product details

Published Apr 25 2002
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781841764108
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 94 b/w; 12 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Campaign
Short code CAM 103
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Angus Konstam

Angus Konstam hails from Orkney, off the north of…

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Adam Hook

Adam Hook studied graphic design, and began his wo…

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