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What does 'Monitor' mean?

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Monitor

The Monitor was originally the U. S. S. Monitor. It was the first ironclad warship to be used by the United States Navy. The vessel had a large, round gun turret on top of a flat, raft-like bottom. It was described as a "cheese box on a raft."The Monitor gained notoriety when it battled the C. S. S. Virginia (previously the U. S. S. Merrimack) on March 8-9, 1862, at the Battle of Hampton Roads, Virginia. The word "monitor" eventually came to be used as the official term referring to an entire class of warships. In my novel, A Beautiful Glittering Lie, the Monitor is referred to as follows:

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The 4th Alabama received word that Stonewall Jackson had attacked Union forces in the Shenandoah Valley, forcing the Yankees to rush back to Washington and defend the city from a possible Confederate attack. They also learned that Nathan Bedford Forrest’s men were on the move in Tennessee, and great concern arose over the possible invasion of Alabama by Union troops. A significant battle had taken place at Pea Ridge, Arkansas, with triumphant Union troops seizing control of the Missouri River. And at the mouth of the James River, the CSS Virginia, the first of its kind, called an “ironclad,” met its equal with the Union’s ironclad, the USS Monitor. Both ships fired upon each other throughout the day of March 9, but neither was victorious. The Virginia was unable to penetrate and destroy the Union blockade.

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Chapter 6: Chapter Six
"...troops. A significant battle had taken place at Pea Ridge, Arkansas, with triumphant Union troops seizing control of the Missouri River. And at the mouth of the James River, the CSS Virginia, the first of its kind, called an “ironclad,” met its equal with the Union’s ironclad, the USS Monitor. Both ships fired upon each other throughout the day of March 9, but neither was victorious. The Virginia was unable to penetrate and destroy the Union blockade. ..."

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