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The First Battle of Ironclad Ships, 1862

 
 
The First Battle of Ironclad Ships, 1862 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Laura Troy, November 4, 2007
1. The First Battle of Ironclad Ships, 1862 Marker
Inscription. On March 8, 1862 CSS Virginia steamed past this point (1) to a battle which would forever change naval warfare. This ship had previously been a Union steam frigate, USS Merrimack, which had been destroyed near the Gosport Navy Yard (2). Confederate forces found its hull to be sound and constructed a superstructure with iron plates to create a new kind of warship. The Virginia proceeded out into Hampton Roads where she sank USS Cumberland and severely damaged USS Congress (3). The next day she returned to destroy the Union fleet and open the port. However, USS monitor, another ironclad, had slipped into Hampton Roads undetected by the Confederates (4). A major naval battle ensued(5). Neither ironclad did significant damage to the other. The Virginia tried to ram the Monitor but failed to sink her and opened a gash in her own hull. She returned to Gosport never to fight again. She was scuttled and burned on May 11, 1862 to prevent her capture by Union forces(6).
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia, Norfolk Heritage Cannonball Trail marker series.
 
Location. 36° 50.751′ N, 76° 17.645′ W. Marker is in Norfolk, Virginia. Marker is on Waterside Drive near Boush Avenue
The First Battle of Ironclad Ships, 1862 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Laura Troy, November 4, 2007
2. The First Battle of Ironclad Ships, 1862 Marker
. Click for map. This marker sits in Town Point Park. Marker is in this post office area: Norfolk VA 23510, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Navy Escort Carriers Based in Norfolk (within shouting distance of this marker); Armed Forces Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Norfolk 1682 (about 400 feet away); The Cedar (about 400 feet away); Half Moone Fort, 1673 (about 400 feet away); Flood Protection for Downtown Norfolk (about 400 feet away); Downtown Waterfront Revitalization (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Norfolk.
 
More about this marker. This marker is part of the Norfolk Heritage Cannonball Trail.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
<i>The Encounter at Short Range</i> image. Click for full size.
By Julian Oliver Davidson, 1886
3. The Encounter at Short Range
This is the same engraving as used on the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Laura Troy of Burke, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,053 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Laura Troy of Burke, Virginia.   3. submitted on . • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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