Crew Members of the USS Monitor: Solving the Mystery of the Skeletons in the Turret 150 Years Later

Launched in Brooklyn in January 1862 and lost in a storm off the coast of North Carolina on the last day of that same year, the famed ironclad’s entire functioning existence played out exactly 150 years ago. It’s this special anniversary that has focused attention on efforts to give a name to each of the two sailors whose remains were recovered, and with the approach of Memorial Day, now seems a fitting time to delve into this mystery.