Coming Spring 2021: Unlike Anything That Ever Floated: The Monitor and Virginia and the Battle Hampton Roads, March 8-9, 1862
“Ironclad against ironclad, we maneuvered about the bay here and went at each other with mutual fierceness,” reported Chief Engineer Alban Stimers following that momentous engagement between the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia (ex USS Merrimack) in Hampton Roads, Sunday, March 9, 1862.
From flaming, bloody decks of sinking ships, to the dim confines of the first rotating armored turret, to the smoky depths of a Rebel gundeck—with shells screaming, clanging, booming, and splashing all around—to the office of a worried president with his cabinet peering down the Potomac for a Rebel monster, this dramatic story unfolds through the accounts of men who lived it.
See related blog posts extracted from the book: • The Emergency Ironclads • An Ancient and Fearsome Weapon: The Ram • Sink Before Surrender: The CSS Virginia Gets Underway • View from the Ramparts – Fortress Monroe, Virginia
A Confederate Biography: The Cruise of the CSS Shenandoah
A gripping first-hand account of Shenandoah’s voyage…a fascinating and engaging read, and highly recommended. (Warship 2018: Naval Books of the Year)
The greatest strength of this volume is in the storytelling…. reminiscent of the standard set by John Keegan. (Taylor & Francis Online Journal)
The Shenandoah’s story has been presented in print several times before but never better than in this Naval Institute publication. (The Journal of America’s Military Past)