In a "big glass case"
— 1862 Peninsula Campaign —After the March 8-9, 1862, Battle of Hampton Roads, CSS Virginia went into drydock for refitting. USS Monitor guarded Union Gen. George B. McClellan's transport vessels in the York River near Fort Monroe, and the Federals reinforced the bows of fast steamers to ram Virginia if she ventured into the Chesapeake Bay. The Confederates concocted a plan (but did not execute it) to disable Monitor's crew after reading a report in Scientific American: immobilize the turret, pour chloroform into it, cover the pilothouse with a tarpaulin, and wait for the vessel to surrender. More practically, Virginia received a new 14-foot-long ram as well as armor-piercing shot for her Brooke rifles to use against Monitor.
|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||Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 5:15am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 378896 N 4096013|
|Decimal Degrees||37.00248333, -76.36108333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 0.149', W 76° 21.665'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 0' 8.94" N, 76° 21' 39.90" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 3600 State Rte 167, Hampton VA 23661, US|
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