Hampton Roads 1862: Clash of the Ironclads (Paperback)
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Short Description for Hampton Roads 1862 During 1861-62, Confederate engineers transformed a steam frigate into an ironclad warship. It was in Hampton Roads that the first clash between two ironclads took place. This text details why the battle was important in naval history, ushering in a new age of naval warfare and warship design.
- Published: 25 April 2002
- Format: Paperback 96 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781841764108 ISBN 10: 1841764108
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During the winter of 1861-62, Confederate engineers transformed an old wooden steam frigate, the USS Merrimac, into a steam-powered ironclad warship, the CSS Virginia, capable of withstanding the fire of any other warship afloat. Overnight the CSS Virginia had rendered the old wooden fleets obsolete. While similar developments were taking place concurrently in Europe, it was in Hampton Roads, Virginia, that the first clash between two ironclads would take place. The result was one of the strangest naval battles of all time - a well-matched clash between two technically different and revolutionary warships. This book details why the battle of Hampton Roads has been seen as one of the most important navel battles in history, ushering in a new age of naval warfare and warship design.