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    The First Battle of the Ironclads Drawn by a Union Soldier Who Witnessed It

    Original Eyewitness Pencil Sketch of the Battle of Hampton Roads, the first ever fight between two powered iron-covered warships. It is known to many as the Battle of the Monitor and Merrimac, but that is actually a bit of a misnomer. The Union ship, of an entirely new design, was named the U.S.S. Monitor, but its Confederate opponent was actually named the C.S.S. Virginia (though it was built on the burned out hull of the abandoned U.S.S. Merrimac). This sketch was accomplished by a talented eyewitness in Company "B" of the 1st New York Volunteers from his viewpoint on Craney Island. It is titled "The Rebel Steamers Engaged the Monitor," and is 9.5" x 7.5" in size, matted to 16" x 14.5". It was apparently submitted to Harper's Weekly for publication and was acquired from their files in the early 1900s. Included in the lot is the woodcut engraving of the battle that actually did appear in Harper's, drawn by a different artist from the NYV 20th Regiment. A signed letter from the current owner describing this provenance is also included.

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    June, 2007
    24th-25th Sunday-Monday
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