CSS Virginia: Sink Before Surrender

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Mark F. Jenkins

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Review by Craig Swain, courtesy of The Civil War Monitor magazine.

Adding my two cents: John V. Quarstein's book on the Virginia (ex-Merrimack) is the new gold standard even among the many books written on the famous Confederate ironclad. I like the way Craig Swain notes that this is the first time a ship's history has been treated much like an Army regimental history, with as much or even more attention paid to the men as to the machine.

(One of my favorite bits is actually an aside by the author in his foreword... when in school, a teacher designated another student to be the class hall monitor. Quarstein volunteered to become the class Merrimack. :laugh: )

(Quarstein's companion book on the Virginia's Union antagonist, The Monitor Boys, is also well worth a read, but this book on the Virginia is his magnum opus.)
 
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