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By Angus Konstam

The 1st seagoing ironclad used to be the USS computer screen, and its profile has made it some of the most simply regarded warships of all time. Following her inconclusive conflict with the accomplice ironclad Virginia on March nine, 1862, the creation of Union displays was once speeded up. via the top of the 12 months a strong squadron of computer screen vessels safe the blocking squadrons off the Southern beach, and have been in a position to problem accomplice regulate of her ports and estuaries. extra technological developments have been incorporated in next computer screen designs, and by means of the top of the battle the united states military possessed a latest coastal fleet wearing the main strong artillery afloat. This booklet covers the layout, improvement and operational historical past of the Union's display screen fleet.

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