RISE OF THE IRONCLADS. The first ironclad battleship was constructed in the American Civil War in 1861, this the ex-USS Merrimack, renamed the CSS Virginia. Construction of the Union Navy's first ironclad, the USS Monitor, wa
RISE OF THE IRONCLADS, by George F. Amadon. Consideration of Ironclad Warships began as early as 1822 in Europe, but it was not until the American Civil War in 1861 that the first ironclad ship was constructed. This was the ex-USS Merrimack, renamed the CSS Virginia. Construction of the Union Navy's first battleship ironclad, the USS Monitor, occurred shortly thereafter. This excellent book records the full histories of these two battleships, and it includes many photographs, drawings, and reproductions of Civil War-era prints. A 22-inch centerfold provides full color plates of both ships. This is an important resource for Navy buffs and Civil War students, as well as a great tool for modelers. Softcover, 80 pages.