The Battle of the Ironclads
— 1862 Peninsula Campaign —Lincoln viewed the March 8, 1862, sinking of the USS Congress and USS Cumberland as the greatest Union calamity since Bull Run. Union Secretary of War Edwin W. Stanton feared that "the CSS Virginia (Merrimack) would soon come up the Potomac and disperse Congress, destroy the Capitol and public buildings?" Stanton believed that "McClellan's mistaken purpose to advance by the Peninsula must be abandoned."
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|Series||This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||Virginia Civil War Trails|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 2:58am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 375751 N 4093825|
|Decimal Degrees||36.98235000, -76.39606667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 36° 58.941', W 76° 23.764'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||36° 58' 56.46" N, 76° 23' 45.84" W|
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|Area Code(s)||804, 757|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 1548-1598 State Rte 167, Newport News VA 23607, US|
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