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Monitor: Monitor Then (1862)

The battle between the U.S.S. Monitor and the Confederate Ironclad Virginia was the subject for a United States postage stamp in 1995. The Monitor is the vessel near the lower portion of the stamp. (image: United States Postal Service)

A song written about the battle between the U.S.S. Monitor and the Ironclad Virginia. The Virginia was built on the remains of the U.S.S. Merrimac, hence the title of the song. The author was obviously a Union sympathizer. (image: United States Library of Congress )

James River, VA. Officers on the Deck of the U.S.S. Monitor near the turret.

Taken July 9, 1862 (photo: James F. Gibson, b.1828) (source: United States Library of Congress)

James River, VA. Close-up view of officers on the Deck of the U.S.S. Monitor near the turret.

Taken July 9, 1862 (photo: James F. Gibson, b.1828) (source: United States Library of Congress)

James River, VA. Sailors relaxing on the Deck of the U.S.S. Monitor.

Taken July 9, 1862 (photo: James F. Gibson, b.1828) (credit: United States Library of Congress)

James River, VA. Sailors on the Deck of the U.S.S. Monitor; cookstove at left.

Taken July 9, 1862 (photo: James F. Gibson, b.1828) (source: United States Library of Congress)

James River, VA. Officers of the U.S.S. Monitor grouped by the turret.

Taken July 9, 1862 (photo: James F. Gibson, b.1828) (source: United States Library of Congress)

There were other Monitor's made, as is shown in this and following photos.

James River, VA. U.S.S. Casco, light-draft Monitor.

Published between 1860 and1865. (source: United States Library of Congress)

James River, VA. U.S.S. Monitor Onondaga. Soldiers in rowboat in foreground.

Published 1864. (source: United States Library of Congress)

Charleston Harbor, S.C. Deck and officers of U.S.S. Monitor Catskill. Lt. Comander Edward Barret seated on the turret.

Published 1865 (source: United States Library of Congress)

James River, Va. U.S.S. Monitor Canonicus taking on coal from a schooner.

Published between 1860 and 1865. (source: United States Library of Congress)

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