Newport News, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
A Great Confederate Naval Victory
Despite the gallant defense of these vessels, that day’s action vividly demonstrated the superiority of metal over wood. The victory was a high point in the hopes of the Confederacy.
The sinking of these powerful wooden warships was witnessed with dismay by Federal forces at Camp Butler which then included the site of this park. The length of anchor chain from the U.S.S. Cumberland displayed here was recovered from the river bottom in 1909.
Location. 36° 58.681′ N, 76° 26.017′ W. Marker is in Newport News, Virginia. Marker is on West Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Marker is at entrance to Christopher Newport Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Newport News VA 23607, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Newport News (here, next to this marker); A Nameless Grave (within shouting distance of this marker); Collis Potter Huntington (within shouting distance of this marker); Newport News Point (within shouting distance of this marker); Congress – Cumberland (within shouting distance of this marker); Headquarters, Hampton Roads (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Newport News Victory Arch (about 500 feet away); The Victory Arch (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newport News.
Also see . . . CSS Virginia destroys USS Cumberland and USS Congress, 8 March 1862. Naval Historical Center website. (Submitted on August 16, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 16, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,221 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 16, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.