Read the Pook Turtules article from the N.Y.
THE FIRST IRONCLADS--
A . . . The Hudson Valley Region was where the Monitor was built.
Read the PDF file to answer the questions and gather information;
the design of the turret; the cannon to be mounted in the turret;
having the sheet metal made; design procedures in construction;
launching event, and trials and adjustments. Make a computer
presentation or a poster including a map to show the Hudson Valley
Region. Include illustrations.
B . . . The Merrimack (to be Virginia) started out as a burned and
sunken hulk in the waters at Norfolk Naval Base. Why did the
Confederate Navy Secretary Why did the Confederates choose an old
existing ship? Describe the condition of the Merrimack as it was
under-water. What parts of the Merrimack were kept and used? What
special features were included in the design plan? Describe the
metal sheeting used. Make a computer presentation or poster
illustrating and explaining the construction of the Virginia.
C . . . The building of both ships: The Monitor and Virginia was
kind of like a speed contest for which could be finished first. Why
and how did each navy know about the opposing side building an
ironclad? What body of water was both sides very interested in
protecting (besides coastal ports of the south)? What did President
Lincoln and the politicians in Washington think about the
Confederate ironclad coming up the Potomac? In summary, how
important was the ironclad for each side of the war? Write an essay
answering and describing the need, design and construction of each
ironclad in a timely manner.
D . . . Each of the ironclads had experienced commanders. Describe
the commanders and crews of each. How were these men selected?
What was the requirements for being in the Navy on each side?
This part co-ordinates with Part Eleven of
the Civil War Navy activity.
Write an essay answering the questions, using at least two resources
Click the Ship Resource Links to Read about Its' History and Building
the USS Monitor was Constructed and Launched
Check the U.S. Navy
Civil War Sesquicentennial Blog Site for a Series of Articles
Admiral David Dixon
Porter Home Page
Use "New Technologies
of the Civil War" for Information
You can record your
answers in a Navy Form each part of the activity.
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