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Ironclads re-enact Civil War battle on Georgia's Lake Lanier

(Gainesville, GA-AP) June 17, 2006 - The Civil War came to life again as two replicas of ironclad ships re-enacted a battle this weekend in north Georgia.

Two small-scale replicas of the first ironclads staged the mock battle Friday on Lake Lanier during the Georgia Division Sons of Confederate Veterans' 109th reunion.

The battle ended up much like the Civil War original. Neither ship was sunk, just as both the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia survived the March 9, 1862, clash.

They were re-enacting the historic Battle of Hampton Roads, near Newport News, Va. It marked a turning point in naval warfare.

Following the battle between the ironclads, wooden ships became obsolete.

The three-day veterans' event in Gainesville honors the memory of General James Longstreet, who lived in Gainesville, and Sidney Lanier, a Georgia poet and Confederate prisoner of war, after whom Lake Lanier is named.

Posted 6:43pm by Bryce Mursch

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