The First Battle of Ironclad Ships, 1862

The First Battle of Ironclad Ships, 1862 (HM1PM)

Location: Norfolk, VA 23510
Country: United States of America

N 36° 50.751', W 76° 17.645'

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On March 8, 1862 CSS Virginia steamed past this point (1) to a battle which would forever change naval warfare. This ship had previously been a Union steam frigate, USS Merrimack, which had been destroyed near the Gosport Navy Yard (2). Confederate forces found its hull to be sound and constructed a superstructure with iron plates to create a new kind of warship. The Virginia proceeded out into Hampton Roads where she sank USS Cumberland and severely damaged USS Congress (3). The next day she returned to destroy the Union fleet and open the port. However, USS monitor, another ironclad, had slipped into Hampton Roads undetected by the Confederates (4). A major naval battle ensued(5). Neither ironclad did significant damage to the other. The Virginia tried to ram the Monitor but failed to sink her and opened a gash in her own hull. She returned to Gosport never to fight again. She was scuttled and burned on May 11, 1862 to prevent her capture by Union forces(6).
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HM NumberHM1PM
Series This marker is part of the Virginia: Norfolk Heritage Cannonball Trail series
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Date Added Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at 3:56am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 384622 N 4078553
Decimal Degrees36.84585000, -76.29408333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 50.751', W 76° 17.645'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 50' 45.06" N, 76° 17' 38.70" W
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Area Code(s)757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 10427-10449 Elizabeth River Trail, Norfolk VA 23510, US
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