A . . .
The men who invented, designed and built the
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.
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?"
article to find information about the building of the ironclad Monitor.
C . . .
The USS Monitor and the Merrimac (CSS
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
D . . . 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
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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