A . . .
The men who invented, designed and built the ironclads--
The development of the ironclad gunboat idea started in
Europe. The inventor of the U.S.S. Monitor, in America, was
James Buchanan Eads
was responsible for planning and designing
the U.S. Navy ironclad fleet, and conversion of wood ships
to iron gunboats.
was given the contract to build the fleet. In this order,
you should read about each of the men mentioned. Write a
short essay about each considering mostly their role in
making the ironclad. Take the essay and mount it to a
poster for each illustrating their projects. A computer
presentation would also work well. Go
to the Building the CSS Virginia page. &
Go to the Building the USS Monitor page.
B . . . Anti-ironclad Navy
commanders and politicians fought the conversion.
The problem was that there would be no choice. Confederates
were building the fearsome Merrimac (C.S.S. Virginia). Read
about the politics and opinions in this website. Make a
list of the antagonists, and describe what each thought
about "ironclad" ships. What did President Lincoln think
about "ironclad ships?"
Read the article to find information about the building of
the ironclad Monitor.
C . . .
The USS Monitor and the Merrimac (CSS Virginia)
were the first ironclads built and used in the U.S., during
the Civil War. Read about each ship, and make a timeline
for each considering any ships they sunk, members of the
crews, the biggest battle between them, who won that battle,
and finally what happened to each ship after that battle.
You can present this information in a computer presentation
or a poster.
Go to the site about the building of the first ironclads.
D . . . Ironclads, the Winning
Factor- As the war went on, ironclad
gunboats were very important to the Army in winning
battles. Research "Civil War naval
battles" to find three battles that the Union or
Confederate side won because of ironclad help. Make a
computer presentation or poster illustrating and describing
the battles you chose, and the role the ironclads played.
Go to the Civil War Chronological List.
Check the U.S. Navy Civil War Sesquicentennial Blog Site for a Series of
Go to Ironclads site for information
Great Naval Battles of the Civil War
Visit the Ironclad Gunboat Site for Information
You can record your answers in a Navy Form each
part of the activity.
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