The Monitor Chronicles: One Sailor's Account. Today's Campaign to Recover the Civil War Wreck
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The Monitor Chronicles: One Sailor's Account. Today's Campaign to Recover the Civil War Wreck

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Marking the ongoing efforts to recover the 136-year-old wreck of the USS "Monitor," The Mariners' Museum presents a lavishly illustrated commemorative volume of the renowned Civil War ironclad's past and present.
The short, fabled life of the USS "Monitor" began on January 30, 1862, at Green Point, Brooklyn, New York, and ended on December 31 of that same year, when the l...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published June 26th 2000 by Simon & Schuster
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Jul 22, 2008 Virgil rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: History and military enthusiasts, Civil War buffs
The Monitor Chronicles tells the operational history of the revolutionary ironclad from the preserved letters of a crew member, George Geer, to his wife. It's a fascinating glimpse into the operation of an entirely new type of warship, and the challenges its crew faced in adapting to the new technology.

The structure of the book is a good balance between the letters (happily included in full and in chronological order) and commentary explaining the context behind them. Most of the letters are fu...more
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