The battle between the uss monitor and the css merrimack in the civil war

Three crew members, Alexander Winslow, Henry Smith and Dennis Harrington were killed during the battle and 16 were wounded. Virginia wreaks havoc on wooden Union warships[ edit ] The battle began when the large and unwieldy CSS Virginia steamed into Hampton Roads on the morning of March 8, But the protective iron plating on both vessels did its job.

The captain of Virginia that day, Lieutenant Catesby ap Roger Jonesreceived advice from his pilots to depart over the sandbar toward Norfolk until the next day. During this time, Buchanan was wounded by musket fire coming from shore.

He added that the Union also had an ironclad, and that it was heading to meet the Virginia. Neither ship sank, or suffered a serious blow even though there were many shots and shells fired upon each other.

Because a decisive Confederate weapon was negated, some have concluded that the Union could claim a strategic victory. Accordingly, orders were sent to destroy the base rather than allow it to fall into Confederate hands. The United States Navy decided that it would need a counter to this new and deadly weapon.

Hampton Roads

Monitor, however, was under strict orders not to re-engage; the two combatants would never battle again. After hours of shell exchanges, Monitor finally retreated into shallower water after a direct shell hit to her armored pilothouse forced her away from the conflict to assess the damage.

Inan armor plate from the ship was melted down and used in the casting of the Pokahuntas Bell for the Jamestown Exposition. An anchor and crossed cannons is on the reverse.

Clash of the Ironclads

The ordinance called for the enlistment of two thousand seamen and marines to serve terms of three and four years respectively.

She looked like nothing more than a snack for the great iron monster of the day before. A field of 12 stars is above the monitor and the inscribed year is Both spellings are still in use in the Hampton Roads area.

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Monitor vs. Merrimac

The Virginia, on the other hand, tried unsuccessfully to lure the Monitor into another battle in Hampton Roads harbour. Both captains declined the opportunity to fight in water not of their own choosing; Jeffers in particular was under positive orders not to risk his ship.

Russia got in on the mix, fearing that the Civil War would end up in Alaska, and thus they too built several Monitor ships. The information source is noted and ranges from printed and documentary material to the testimony of other veterans.The Civil War Trust's Battle of Hampton Roads page includes battle maps, history articles, Monitor vs.

Battle of Hampton Roads

Merrimack. hastily scuttled, destroyed or left behind for the new Confederate government to use. This included the steam frigate USS Merrimack, which had been sunk pierside and her upper works destroyed by fire.

The Battle of Hampton Roads was fought on March 9, between the first two ironclad ships, the Monitor and the Merrimack. This battle was a turning point for navel warfare, ending the battles between wooden ships and entering the iron ship age.

CSS Virginia - the first steam-powered ironclad warship built by the Confederate navy during the first year of the Civil War; she was constructed as a casemate ironclad (as opposed to a turreted ironclad) using the raised and cut down original lower hull and engines of the scuttled steam frigate USS Merrimack and participated in the Battle of.

Battle between the Ironclads

Battle of the Monitor and Merrimack, also called Battle of Hampton Roads, (March 9, ), in the American Civil War, naval engagement at Hampton Roads, Virginia, a harbour at the mouth of the James River, notable as history’s first duel between ironclad warships and the beginning of a new era of.

Battle between the Ironclads We started this diorama inin honor of the th anniversary of the battle at Hampton Roads, Virginia, between the CSS Virginia (Merrimack) and the USS Monitor.

This battle ended as a draw, but it proved that the age of wooden ships was over. During the American Civil War, the CSS Virginia, a captured and rebuilt Union steam frigate formerly known as the Merrimac, engages the USS Monitor in the first battle between iron-fortified naval.

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