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Clad in Iron: The American Civil War and the Challenge of British Naval Power

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This work addresses many persistent misconceptions of what the monitors were for, and why they failed in other roles associated with naval operations of the Civil War (such as the repulse at Charleston, April 7, 1863). Monitors were 'ironclads'- not fort-killers. Their ultimate success is to be measured not in terms of spearheading attacks on fortified Southern ports but i...more
Hardcover, 409 pages
Published December 1st 2007 by Praeger Publishers
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This book is a long-overdue study on the international dimensions of the American Civil War with particular regard to the navies, naval technology, national maritime strategy, and the development of European and American ironclads.

Many works covering the USS Monitor pay lip service to Ericsson's naming the vessel as symbolic of a check (or monitor, in the old pre-computer sense of the word) on European ambitions in the New World, but nearly none develop the theme any further. Howard Fuller ably...more
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This book makes the argument, in a narrower and more technical sense that Amanda Foreman makes in a broader one (A World on Fire: Britain's Crucial Role in the American Civil War): that although we treat our civil war as a purely domestic matter, it unfolded in the context of America's being both in the world, and by no means enjoying the dominant position of today. Moreover, it was happening at a time when the technological implications for war were ambivalent.

My first exposure to naval histor...more
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