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Norfolk, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Virginia and Monitor

 
 
<i>Virginia</i> and <i>Monitor</i> Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Tom Troy, April 20, 2007
1. Virginia and Monitor Marker
Inscription. Across Hampton Roads from this point the C.S.S. Virginia (Merrimac) and the U.S.S. Monitor fought, March 9, 1862. This was the first combat between iron-clad vessels in the history of the world. After a severe engagement in which each vessel failed to pierce the other’s armour, the Monitor retired. On the previous day, the Virginia had destroyed the U.S.S. Congress and the U.S.S. Cumberland, and dispersed the remainder of the Federal fleet.
 
Erected 1931 by the City of Norfolk.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Battlefield Trails - Civil War marker series.
 
Location. 36° 57.321′ N, 76° 18.747′ W. Marker is in Norfolk, Virginia. Marker is on Massey Hughes Drive 0.4 miles from Maryland Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is on the U.S. Naval Station, on Iowa Point. Hampton Boulevard (State Route 337) ends at Gate 2, where Maryland Avenue inside the naval base begins. Marker is in this post office area: Norfolk VA 23511, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. We remember turret two ... (within shouting distance of this marker); USS Cole (DDG 67) Memorial
<i>Virginia</i> and <i>Monitor</i> Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Tom Troy, April 20, 2007
2. Virginia and Monitor Marker
(about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); USS Cole DDG 67 (about 600 feet away); Birthplace of Naval Aviation (approx. ¼ mile away); Naval Air Station Norfolk (approx. 0.4 miles away); Navy Mess Attendant School (approx. 0.7 miles away); Naval Aviation Depot, Norfolk (approx. 1.1 miles away); a different marker also named Birthplace of Naval Aviation (approx. 1.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Norfolk.
 
More about this marker. This marker was originally erected in 1931 at the Newport News Ferry wharf in Norfolk at Sewell’s Point. The ferry that carried traffic between Norfolk and Newport News is no longer running. Sewell’s Point is now in the Norfolk Naval Station and off-limits to the casual visitor.

In the 1980s the marker was on Willoughby Beach on West Ocean View Avenue between Thirteenth View and Fourteenth View streets. Today the marker is closer to its original location.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Battle of Hampton Roads by Markers.
 
Also see . . .
<i>Virginia</i> and <i>Monitor</i> Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., July 18, 2010
3. Virginia and Monitor Marker
 Action between USS Monitor and CSS Virginia, 9 March 1862. (Submitted on May 3, 2007.)
 
Categories. War, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
Detail of City of Norfolk Seal at top of <i>Virginia</i> and <i>Monitor</i> Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., July 18, 2010
4. Detail of City of Norfolk Seal at top of Virginia and Monitor Marker
 
 
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