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On the cover of a patriotic song dedicated to Lincoln's secretary of the navy Gideon Welles Uncle Sam rides a "ram," or ironclad steam vessel, down the Mississippi River. The Library's copy of the music cover was deposited for copyright on August 22, 1863, soon after two decisive Union victories on the Mississippi: Vicksburg (July 4) and Port Hudson (July 9). Welles was responsible for ushering the Union navy into the age of ironclad steamers. Several lines of verse on the cover praise the ironclad rams as "shaking the world with rampant dismay! Iron-harnessed, steam-driven, t sweeps o'er the sea, Our American Rampart, the shield of the free!"

On the cover of a patriotic song dedicated to Lincoln’s secretary of the navy Gideon Welles Uncle Sam rides a “ram,” or ironclad steam vessel, down the Mississippi River. The Library’s copy of the music cover was deposited for copyright on August 22, 1863, soon after two decisive Union victories on the Mississippi: Vicksburg (July 4) and Port Hudson (July 9). Welles was responsible for ushering the Union navy into the age of ironclad steamers. Several lines of verse on the cover praise the ironclad rams as “shaking the world with rampant dismay! Iron-harnessed, steam-driven, t sweeps o’er the sea, Our American Rampart, the shield of the free!”

Duel between the first ironclads  William C. Davis  Hampton Roads, Battle of, Va., 1862  Softcover. Originally published: Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, 1975. x, 201 p., [8] leaves of plates : ill. ; 22 cm. Bibliography: p. [187]-194. Includes index. Clean, tight and strong binding. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG 

Photo shows the damage caused to the turret of the ironclad USS Monitor during her fight with the Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia, March 9, 1862 at the Battle of Hampton Roads-the first battle of two ironclad warships. Launched in January 1862, the Monitor was lost at sea in December that same year.

Photo shows the damage caused to the turret of the ironclad USS Monitor during her fight with the Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia, March 9, 1862 at the Battle of Hampton Roads-the first battle of two ironclad warships. Launched in January 1862, the Monitor was lost at sea in December that same year.

Front row, from left: Robinson W. Hands, Edwin V. Gager; second row, Louis N. Stodder, George Frederickson, William Flye, Daniel C. Logue, Samuel Dana Greene; standing, Albert B. Campbell, Mark T. Sunstrom, William F. Keeler and L. Howard Newman

Front row, from left: Robinson W. Hands, Edwin V. Gager; second row, Louis N. Stodder, George Frederickson, William Flye, Daniel C. Logue, Samuel Dana Greene; standing, Albert B. Campbell, Mark T. Sunstrom, William F. Keeler and L. Howard Newman

Print shows the Monitor and the Merrimack firing at each other during battle, with other battleships in the background, one sinking on the left.

Print shows the Monitor and the Merrimack firing at each other during battle, with other battleships in the background, one sinking on the left.

Stereograph showing the crew of the U.S.S. ironclad, "Monitor" sitting and standing on deck near the turret.

Stereograph showing the crew of the U.S.S. ironclad, “Monitor” sitting and standing on deck near the turret.

Print shows a battle scene between the ironclads Monitor and Merrimac just offshore, also shows a Union ship sinking and rescue boats being put to sea from shore, as well as a Union artillery bunker, Union soldiers and officers, and some rescued sailors.

Print shows a battle scene between the ironclads Monitor and Merrimac just offshore, also shows a Union ship sinking and rescue boats being put to sea from shore, as well as a Union artillery bunker, Union soldiers and officers, and some rescued sailors.

Terrific combat between the "Monitor" 2 guns & "Merrimac" 10 guns The first fight between iron clad ships of war, in Hampton Roads, March 9th 1862.

Terrific combat between the “Monitor” 2 guns & “Merrimac” 10 guns The first fight between iron clad ships of war, in Hampton Roads, March 9th 1862.

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