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The Union Saved An Ironclad By Deploying $9 Trash Decoy

The USS Indianola was pressed into service before her completion, yet she managed to serve with honor–and be the subject of a thrilling rescue mission.

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  • Building the USS Indianola.

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  • Wooden dummy "ironclad".

    Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons