Once upon a time, the people of the South seceded in order to affirm States Rights and a limited Federal Government, but they were invaded and left devastated on the direction of a Dictator and Tyrant,forcibly returned to an American Empire, and occupied to this day.
This week marks the 150th anniversary of a significant milestone in naval history, the day when two Civil War ironclads faced off for the first time.
The peculiar ships, the USS Monitor, and the CSS Virginia, which the Confederates had improvised on the hull of the wrecked steam frigate USS Merrimac, battled on March 9, 1862.
At Hampton Roads, Virginia, they maneuvered about awkwardly, blasting away and lobbing heavy cannonballs at each other for hours. But thanks to their clever designs, and thick layers of armor plating, the heavy projectiles bounced off.
Neither ship would still be afloat by the end of 1862, yet they had proven that wooden warships were suddenly obsolete.