Wythe in Hampton, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Stalemate in Hampton Roads
In a “big glass case”
— 1862 Peninsula Campaign —
On April 11, Virginia, under Flag Officer Josiah Tattnall, entered Hampton Roads at 7:10 A.M. The Federal transports there scattered to the protection of Fort Monroe. Monitor, commanded by Lt. William N. Jeffers and reinforced by the iron-hulled Naugatuck, remained in the channel between Fort Monroe and the Rip-Raps under orders not to engage Virginia unless she entered the
The Northern press lambasted the Federals’ lack of response, and Acting Assistant Paymaster William Keeler of Monitor expressed the crew’s frustration: “I believe the Department is going to build a big glass case to put us in for fear of harm coming to us.” Almost a month passed before the two ironclads again challenged each other for control of Hampton Roads.
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Military • Notable Events • War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails series list.
Location. 37° 0.149′ N, 76° 21.665′ W. Marker is in Wythe in Hampton, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Chesapeake Avenue (Virginia Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hampton VA 23661, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Battle of Ironclads (here, next to this marker); Fertile Hunting Grounds For The Indians (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Development Of Olde Wythe (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Church at Kecoughtan (approx. 0.2 miles away); Olde Wythe During Colonial Times (approx. ¼ mile away); Admiral Sir George Cockburn on the Chesapeake / The War of 1812 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hampton Roads – World’s Greatest Harbor (approx. 0.4 miles away); Wythe’s Birthplace (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wythe.
More about this marker. The top of the marker contains a picture with the caption “CSS Virginia (center), steams around Hampton Roads while the U.S. fleet watches (left) and CSS Jamestown (right) captures two Federal brigs and a schooner. - Courtesy Newport News Division of Historic Services and Museums.” The lower left of the marker features photographs of CSS Virginia Commander “Capt. Josiah Tattnall, courtesy Newport News Division of Historic Services and Museums” and USS Monitor Commander “Lt. William N. Jeffers, Courtesy Library of Congress.”
Also see . . . Tidewater Virginia, The 1862 Peninsula Campaign. Civil War Traveler. (Submitted on August 16, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 11, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 16, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,467 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 16, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.