A glass-plate stereograph shows the deck and turret of the ironclad warship USS Monitor on July 9, 1862, while the ship was on patrol in the James River. Slight damage can be seen on the turret, a result of the Battle of Hampton Roads, which had taken place four months earlier at the mouth of the river. That historic battle between the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia—the first one to take place between two ironclad warships—lasted about four hours and ended with neither ship gaining a decisive advantage. The Monitor was lost at sea in December 1862, just short of a year after her launching.
IMAGE: Photograph by James F. Gibson (Library of Congress)