The Monitor And The Virginia

The U.S.S Monitor and the C. S. S. Virginia were the first ironclads to grace the waters of the American Civil War. Their battle in 1862 at Newport News Point is still considered one of the best and most exciting naval engagements of all times. The reason people think of it as the battle of the "Monitor and the Merrimack" is because the Merrimack had been the Virginia's name when she was still a union ship. Since the Union won the war, they wrote the history with their name for her.
When rebel forces were about to invade the port at Norfolk, the U.S.S. Merrimack along with every other ship in the yard was set afire so not to be captured by the enemy. But only her deck was ...

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of their own if they wanted to win the war, and so the Monitor was born.

The Monitor rode almost completely submerged, with the bare minimum of wood required, but with absolutly none of it showing. Unlike the Virginia, the Monitors hull was only a foot or two above the surface of the ocean. Centered on her hull was a two gun turret, complete with the ability to turn a complete circle. The guns in the turret were known as "Soda-Bottle guns" due to their unique shape, they were at that time the largest guns ever to be placed on a active ship.

When the Monitor was first launched the turret had yet to be added to the hull, but it was still a grand event.

Her double armor, 8 and a half inches thick, made her almost inpeitrable. Although she had a weakness, the elevated pilot house at the bow of the boat made a deadly target for the Virgin's cannon-balls.

The Union troops stationed at Hampton Rhodes, the destination of the Monitor and the famous ...

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