The U.S.S. Monitor

The Monitor and it's crew.

Quote 1
"Well here i am dear Anna on ship board at last..." pg 17
Quote 2
"Until we fired, the Merrimac had taken no notice of us..." pg 35
Quote 3
"Capt. Jeffers is a cool, cautious, careful, brave man...." pg 77
Quote 4
"Whoever or whatever conquers the Merrimac will have to do it at very short range" pg 82
Quote 5
"Morning came & with it the expected intelligence that our forces were in possession of Norfolk & that the Merrimac was blown up." pg 119
Quote 6
The Monitor is no more. What the fire of the enemy has failed to do, the elements have accomplished." pg 253
Q1-Will Keeler writing Anna telling her he was just getting on the boat
Q2-He talks of the first battle with the other powerful enemy ship The Merrimac
Q3-Keeler describing the Captain of the Monitor
Q4- Keeler talks about how to defeat there enemy
Q5- The Merrimac has been sunk
Q6- The Monitor has been swamped by the ocean because its clearly not a boat made for the sea.

USS Monitor was the first ironclad warship commissioned by the United States Navy. She is most famous for her participation in the first-ever naval battle between two ironclad warships, the Battle of Hampton Roads on March 9, 1862, during the American Civil War, in which Monitor fought the ironclad CSS Virginia of the Confederate States Navy. ‘‘Monitor’’ was the first in a long line of Monitor-class U.S. warships and the term "monitor" describes a broad class of craft.
Ironclads were only a recent innovation, started with the 1859 French battleship //La Gloire//. Afterwards, the design of ships and the nature of naval warfare changed dramatically.
While the design of Monitor was well-suited for river combat, her low freeboard and heavy turret made her highly unseaworthy in rough waters. This feature probably led to the early loss of the original Monitor, which foundered during a heavy storm. Swamped by high waves while under tow by //Rhode Island//, she sank on December 31, 1862 in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. 16 of 62 crewmen were lost in the storm.


Keeler, William. Aboard the USS Monitor. Menasha: George Banta Co. Inc, 1964