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January 30, 2012 11:28 AM

Union Unveils New Weapon of War

On Jan. 30, 1862, a new weapon of war was unveiled at Continental Ironworks in Brooklyn, N. Y. The weapon was the USS Monitor and it looked like no other vessel on the water. Designed by John Ericsson, the Monitor was the first warship constructed with a coating of iron. The vessel is an example of technological advances often made during wartime.

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