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        USS Monitor, Iron-Clad Gunboats, and the Federal Navy | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        View images of the USS Monitor and other iron-clad gunboats. The Monitor was part of a new class of naval warship, an iron-clad steamship, developed during the Civil War. The Monitor fought the Confederate Army’s CSS Virginia (Merrimack) in the first battle between two iron-clad boats. The battle was considered a draw between the North and South. While impressive in its initial battles, the Monitor was not fit for open sea and the poorly designed ship sank in 1862 off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, with 16 men still aboard it. 

        Damaged Confederate Gunboat | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        View of the damaged deck of the Confederate gunboat Teaser, hit by shell fire and captured by the USS Maratanza during Federal Navy and seaborne expeditions against the Atlantic Coast of the Confederacy, July 4, 1862. Photo: James F. Gibson (1828-?). Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photo. Div.

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        Sailors on the Deck of the USS Monitor | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Image of sailors on the deck of the USS Monitor on the James River, Virginia, cookstove at left, July 9, 1862. Photo credit: James Gibson (1828-?). Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        USS Onondaga and Soldiers in a Rowboat | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Photograph of the USS Onondaga, one of the Union's monitor class of warships [named for the USS Monitor], with soldiers in rowboat in foreground, James River, Virginia, 1864. Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        Deck and Turret of the USS Monitor | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Image of two men on the deck of the ironclad USS Monitor, observing light damage caused to the turret during her fight with the Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia, March 9, 1862, at the Battle of Hampton Roads, James River, Virginia. Photo: James Gibson (1828-?). Source: LOC, Prints & Photo. Div.

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        Sailors on the Deck of the USS Monitor | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        Sailors relaxing on the deck of the USS Monitor, James River, Virginia (Robert Williams, a native of Wales, at far right), July 9, 1862. Photo credit: James Gibson (1828-?). Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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        Deck of the Iron-Clad Gunboat, Galena | Ken Burns: The Civil War

        June 1862 photo of the deck of the iron-clad gunboat, Galena, showing damage by fire from Fort Darling during the battle on May 15, 1862. Photo credit: James Gibson (1828-?). Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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