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Monitor – Merrimack Battle

 
 
Monitor – Merrimack Battle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 11, 2008
1. Monitor – Merrimack Battle Marker
Inscription. From this spot March 9, 1862, observers anxiously awaited the outcome of one of the most famous naval battles of all time – between the Confederate ironclad Virginia (formerly USS Merrimack) and the Union ironclad Monitor. After four hours inconclusive combat, with neither vessel able to destroy the other, the contest ended in a draw. But the world took notice and the age of iron shipbuilding was so ushered into being there.
 
Erected 1953 by Corporation of Newport News.
 
Location. 36° 58.977′ N, 76° 23.748′ W. Marker is in Newport News, Virginia. Marker is on 16th Street (Virginia Route 167), on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Newport News VA 23607, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Monitor – Merrimack (within shouting distance of this marker); Hampton Roads (within shouting distance of this marker); Birth of Naval Aviation (within shouting distance of this marker); Camp Stuart (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Newsome House (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Newsome House
Marker at Hampton Roads image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 11, 2008
2. Marker at Hampton Roads
In the waters behind this marker, the C.S.S. Virginia and the U.S.S. Monitor fought the first ever battle between ironclad ships. This battle marked the end of the wooden naval vessels.
(approx. mile away); Annie Belle Daniels (approx. 0.8 miles away); Phillis Wheatley (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Newport News.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Battle of the Ironclads, 1862. First hand account of the battle between the Monitor and the Virginia from EyeWitness to History.com. (Submitted on August 11, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. Showdown at Hampton Roads. Civil War Traveler – Virginia – Tidewater. (Submitted on August 11, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

3. Ironclad Photos. Many Ironclad photos which were taken during the Civil War. (Submitted on August 12, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.) 
 
Categories. Notable EventsWar, US Civil
 
Marker on Chesapeake Bay Waterfront image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 11, 2008
3. Marker on Chesapeake Bay Waterfront
Marker is at the entrance to the Monitor-Merrimack Overlook Park.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 3,466 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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