Conventional Ironclads

While the monitors and the armored river gunboats occupied the attention of Union naval authorities to a considerable degree, the sea-going casemate or broadside ironclad was not entirely ignored. The merits and characteristics of the French and British ironclad frigates were well known in naval circles in the United States.

In the main, however, construction of this type of vessel received a low priority, due mostly to the enormous and more pressing requirements for other types; fast wooden cruisers to hunt Confederate raiders, transports, shallow-draft gunboats, torpedo boats, and of course monitors and more monitors.

The Nett; Ironsides

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