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

Norfolk Naval Shipyard

“1833-1862”

 

—Path of History Portsmouth, VA —

 
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By Bernard Fisher, September 1, 2014
1. Norfolk Naval Shipyard Marker
Inscription. Following the evacuation and burning of the yard by Federal forces, Dry Dock 1 was used by the Confederate States Navy to convert the partly burned steam frigate Merrimack into an ironclad, renamed CSS Virginia.

In March 1862, the CSS Virginia engaged and sank the wooden-constructed Union ships Congress and Cumberland. A day later, the CSS Virginia and the USS Monitor fought the first "battle of ironclads" in Hampton Roads.

On May 10, 1862, the Navy Yard was “put to the torch” for the fourth time in its history, this time by evacuating Confederate forces. The shipyard’s wartime usefulness was severely limited and it was ten years before substantial rebuilding commenced.

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USS Merrimack – CSS Virginia
 
Location. 36° 49.657′ N, 76° 17.823′ W. Marker is in Portsmouth, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Lincoln Street east of 3rd Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Located in Gosport Park. Marker is in this post office area: Portsmouth VA 23704, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Norfolk Naval Shipyard (a few steps from this marker); a different marker
Norfolk Naval Shipyard Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 1, 2014
2. Norfolk Naval Shipyard Marker
also named Norfolk Naval Shipyard (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Norfolk Naval Shipyard (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Norfolk Naval Shipyard (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Norfolk Naval Shipyard (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Norfolk Naval Shipyard (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Norfolk Naval Shipyard (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Norfolk Naval Shipyard (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portsmouth.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 2, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 461 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on September 2, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   2. submitted on September 3, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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