Inscription. This nine-inch smooth bore “Dahlgren” gun is one of the few remaining artifacts from the CSS Virginia (formerly known as the USS Merrimack). This gun saw action on March 8, 1862 off of Hampton, Virginia when the Virginia encountered and easily defeated the USS Cumberland and USS Congress. The barrel was damaged by the Cumberland during the battle. The next day the Virginia fought in the now famous battle with the USS Monitor. According to the July 11, 1862 Washington Post, “The battle was considered a draw. Although there was no winner, the battle will be likely to change the course of naval warfare forever.”
By Dawn Bowen, June 4, 2007
|1. Gun from the CSS Virginia Marker|
After the war, the Washington Navy Yard exhibited the gun. From 1960, it was displayed at Dahlgren as a reminder of the base’s namesake and the base’s continuing commitment to Navy combat readiness.
Location. Marker has been confirmed missing. It was likely located near 38° 18.197′ N, 77° 27.625′ W. Marker was in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker was at the intersection of Princess Anne Street and William Street (Virginia Route 3) on Princess Anne Street. Click for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 907 Princess Anne St., Fredericksburg, VA 22401, Fredericksburg VA 22401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers.
At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Second Town Hall / Market House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Market Square (within shouting distance of this marker); Lewis Randolph Ball (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Barton House (within shouting distance of this marker); First Town Hall / Market House (within shouting distance of this marker); Hostages (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Weedon’s Tavern (about 300 feet away); Stating Inalienable Rights (about 300 feet away); Seeking Civil Rights (about 300 feet away); Prisoners of Christ (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Fredericksburg.
By Dawn Bowen, June 4, 2007
|2. Gun from the CSS Virginia|
Also see . . .
1. CSS Virginia Home Page. (Submitted on June 6, 2007.)
2. Historic Dahlgren gun goes to Newport News museum. A Freelance Star article, published on October 31, 2008, about the Gun moving to the Newport News museum. (Submitted on November 1, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
Credits. This page originally submitted on June 4, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,256 times since then. Last updated on June 10, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 4, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Picture and HMdb entry for the CSS Virginia gun at its new home in Newport News. • Can you help?
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