Armor In Combat

Iron armor was no guarantee of safety for navy fighting men. This newspaper illustration of the fight between the Union's iron-covered Carondolet and the South's armored Arkansas shows how the blast of one vessel's guns rocks the other. Shells fired at close range tore at the iron and splintered the metal plates' wood backing. Flying shards of metal and wood often killed or wounded the sailors inside.

Lock plate

Hammer

Lock plate

Hammer

Trigger guard Edged upper tip

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