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Mallory proved persuasive, and the Confederate government authorized two million dollars for purchasing ironclad warships.
At the same time, Mallory sent James North to Europe to purchase ironclad warships.
The Bushwick Inlet, owned by Motiva Enterprises since 1998, is situated adjacent to the former site of the Continental Iron Works, birthplace of the USS Monitor and several of the Union's ironclad warships.
In addition, while mine warfare, undersea warfare, and ironclad warships were not new in the 1860s, the Civil War became a proving ground for these new ships and weapons.
The Union navy approached the new threat of ironclad warships by building vessels of three experimental classes.