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October 25, 2011

On this date 150 years ago, in Missouri, General Fremont's forces were on an expedition to rout Confederates under Sterling Price and were occupying Springfield, far from Prices' location near Lexington. Fremont was aware that orders were on their way from Washington which would remove him from his command, and he was anxious to prevent or delay their delivery for as long as possible.

An important project began in Greenpoint, Long Island, with the laying of the keel of the USS "Monitor". Although it was not the first ironclad vessel for either side, the "Monitor" would later earn a place in naval history because of its' crucial battle with the Confederate ironclad, "Merrimack".

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