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Discussion in 'Civil War History - General Discussion' started by jenkingish, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. jenkingish

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    Very cool technology. Almost as cool as the advanced technology that was used on the Monitor itself. As a very young man I read a history of the Monitor and the Merrimac which focused on John Erickson, the engineer who designed and built this truly amazing vessel. Two years ago I received a copy of The Monitor Chronicles -One Sailor's Account -Today's Campaign to Recover the Civil War Wreck. The U.S.S. Monitor and the Confederacy's submarine CSS Hunley forever changed naval architecture and warfare at sea.
     
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    Monitor and Merrimac????I thought it was the Monitor and the Virginia...
     
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    The hull was the USS Merrimac. When it was resurrected as an ironclad, it became the CSS Virginia. We might find more important things to argue about. Some histories have the joust as the Monitor vs the Merrimac. Others have it as the Monitor vs the Virginia. Most everyone knows that the Merrimac and the Virginia are the same. I get more dire decisioms at the grocery store. A non-issue. Move on.
     
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    Pretty cool. I would love to work on a project like that, it's like bringing history to life.
     
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    I was thinking of the members of this forum who have ancestors from the war when I read about this in the papers. The scientists said they hope someone will recognize their ancestors by matching these reconstructions with their family photographs.

    It would be interesting if someone here is related.
     
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    Over the years, diana, we've seen more than a few find that they had a connection with another, however tenuous. Like my gggfather was your gggmother's uncle. What kind of cousin is that?
     
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    If that was on a Menza test I'd definitely fail. :wink:
     
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    Nah.... movin on means I don't get to poke someone with a stick...
    you sure are gettin grouchy for an old cuss... :smile:
     
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    If I were nice to you, you'd be looking in the shadows for the suspected assassin.:byebye:
     
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    True Dat
     
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    Ya as a kid I read all about the Monitor and the Merrimac/Virginia. I built those plastic glue together models of em and had great times doing battle with em in the bathtub. My Mom though I was nuts. Sometimes I had the Monitor win and sometimes the Merrimac. It all ended when I rammed the Monitor too hard with the Merrimac and broke it in half. Heh. Memories! Gosh, that was such a long time ago now that I think bout it. Sniff, sob, boo hoo.:cry:
     
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    Apologies on the whole Merrimac/ Virginia thing. My use of the name "Merrimac" was in reference to the actual title of the book I read in the 5th or 6th grade. The CSS Virginia certainly deserves her own name in recognition of what an advanced vessel she was. But in the early 1960s it just wasn't used, except in the sentence "The Confederates renamed the USS Merrimac the CSS Virginia." Monitor and Merrimac has better alliteration too.

    I built those models too. they were both light grey. I believe they were both lost in the great battle of the Kidney Shaped Sea. BB guns, cherry bombs and clorinated water devastated many a warship that day. The only casualty on our side was the swimming pool filter pump. It died of plastic inhalation.
     
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    Ha! Cherry bombs, which I could get as a kid, were great when staging mock battles. I had a neat dirtpile outside I used for my "army men" and battles. Sad, there are so many rules and regulations today kids cant have any fun. Course cherry bombs were pretty dang dangerous and probably a good thing they are gone.
     
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    We are a twisted bunch aren't we? I used to build very nice model tanks, usually WW2 and mostly German. Then I'd stage them somewhere ,sand or snow were my favorites and smoke bomb them and take pictures.
     

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