Charles Ellet (1810-1862)

Ellet became one of the country's outstanding engineers. Ellet also developed the idea of the "ram-boat." He was ignored until the Confederate ironclad "Merrimac" demonstrated the efficiency of the ram in 1862. Two weeks later Ellet was a colonel, preparing a ram-fleet. After sinking four Confederate boats at the Battle of Memphis, he received the city's surrender. Injured, Ellet died as his boat touched shore.

Date:
1865 circa 5 years
Original Format:
Carte de Visite
Item#:
MES16438
Photographer:
H. C. Phillips
Height:
1085px
Width:
716px
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