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Sat, 16 Oct



Ingenuity, Iron & Artillery: The Evolution of Ironclad Technology

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Ingenuity, Iron & Artillery: The Evolution of Ironclad Technology
Ingenuity, Iron & Artillery: The Evolution of Ironclad Technology

Time & Location

16 Oct 2021, 13:00 BST


About the Event

The introduction of ironclads in combat during the American Civil War produced a revolution in naval technology. This lecture examines the development of ironclad technology to include the construction and operations of primary ironclad vessels, as well as the associated leaders, battles and naval artillery used by the Union and Confederate Navies. Advancements in ironclad technology had the greatest impact in Civil War navy engagements in Hampton Roads, the James River, Charleston, the Roanoke River, and Mobile Bay.

Our illustration is a 1981 oil painting of the Battle of Hampton Roads by British maritime artist, Edward D. Walker,

About the Speaker

Erick Bush is a military historian with a specialization in the Civil War in Alabama and Virginia. His areas of focus in Virginia include the Battle of Big Bethel, the role of intelligence and artillery in the Peninsula Campaign, and the early development of ironclads. His particular areas of specialty in Alabama include the ironclads built in Selma, Alabama's series of ironworks, and Wilson’s Raid in 1865. He has previously lectured to Civil War Round Table groups, history groups, and military professional development activities in England, Ohio, Alabama, Texas, Virginia, New York and Italy. Additionally, he has developed and led military staff rides and history tours focused on the Civil War in Hampton Roads, the French & Indian War in Central New York, the Siege of Fort Stanwix/Battle of Oriskany, and the Salerno Landings during World War Two.

The event is free but we welcome donations to enable us to continue our education and conservation projects on both sides of the Atlantic.


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  • Meeting Donation (Voluntary)




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