This film collection on Civil War ironclads includes The War of the Turtles, which covers battles and struggles on the Mississippi river; Ericsson's Fight for the USS Monitor, which showcases the Union's race against time to build its first ironclad; The Farragut Story, which follows the life of Adm. David Farragut, from his youth to the famous battle of Mobile Bay; and The Story of the Civil War, which provides a nice overview of the war itself. B&W, 1 hr. 24 min total runtime.
Directed by Lew Ayres, who starred in 1930's All Quiet on the Western Front, this 1936 film dramatizes the building of the ironclad warships USS Monitor by the U.S. Navy and CSS Virginia (which was constructed using the remains of the scuttled USS Merrimack) by the Confederate States Navy and their epic Civil War clash in the 1862 Battle of Hampton Roads - the first-ever battle fought between two ironclads. B&W, 1 hr. 12 min.