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Names and Faces Suggested for Monitor Sailors

As the 150th anniversary of a pivotal Civil War naval battle approaches, forensic experts at Louisiana State University have put faces on the remains of two men who served aboard the USS Monitor, the revolutionary ironclad warship that fought the Confederate dreadnought CSS Virginia to a draw during the Battle of Hampton Roads on March 9, 1862.…

USS Monitor’s Innovative Engine Being Restored at Virginia Museum

On December 31, 1862, a fierce winter storm off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina extinguished the fires powering the steam engine of the USS Monitor, a warship packed with cutting-edge technology of the mid-19th century. With no engine to run its pumps, the ship that had fought one of history’s most famous naval battles and perhaps…