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Civil War Lecture: The Age of Iron
March 10 @ 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
The Age of Iron
Presented by John V. Quarstein, Director Emeritus, USS Monitor Center
Following the American Civil War a number of improvements were made to ironclad vessels to better project the imperialistic interests of world nations. Rams were built as part of the hull designs and improved turrets allowed the use of heavier guns, all of which enhanced combat capabilities during engagements such as the 20 July 1866 Battle of Lissa and the 8 October 1879 Battle of Angamos. Although these were decisive engagements, new technologies replaced ironclad ships as the Age of Steel emerged. Steel rifled long-range guns, stronger shot-stopping steel armor, and new propulsion systems marked significant changes in this new era of naval warfare.