Life Behind the Iron Shield

Before the Monitor left the Brooklyn Navy Yard in February 1862, Acting Asst. Paymaster William Frederick Keeler had his photograph taken in his new uniform. “I felt awkward enough at first in mine,” he wrote to his wife, Anna, saying that, “it seemed like every one was looking at me.” Thus begins the story of Keeler and his experiences aboard the famed ironclad. He served on the Monitor for its brief lifespan, and his story is told in the Autumn 2014 issue of Military Images.

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