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John Lorimer Worden
John Lorimer Worden (1818–1897) was a navy officer in the American Civil War. He is remembered for commanding the Union ship USS Monitor at the Battle of Hampton Roads, the first engagement between ironclad steamships, during the American Civil War. On March 9, 1862, Worden took the Monitor to challenge the Confederate vessel Virginia, a converted steam-frigate that had sunk a Union blockader and damaged two others. After a four-hour battle, both ships withdrew, unable to pierce the other's armor. In recognition of the battle, the state of New York granted Worden a custom-made gold and silver inlaid sword.Photograph: Mathew Brady; restoration: Adam Cuerden