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Battle of Hampton Roads
Battle of Hampton Roads

Battle of Hampton Roads

American Major Civil War Naval Battle (1862)

The Battle of Hampton Roads, March 8-9, 1862, was the first battle during the Peninsula Campaign and is regarded as one of the most important naval battles in America.

The Battle of Hampton Roads is famous for being the first fight between two ironclads, the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia (the latter rebuilt from the burned-out hull of the USS Merrimack). The principal confrontations took place off Sewell's Point near Fort Monroe, a narrow place near the mouth of Hampton Roads, Virginia.

The first day saw Virginia wreak havoc on the wooden Union ships blockading the harbor. However, on the second day Monitor arrived and initiated the famous duel of the ironclads. The battle, though inconclusive, received worldwide publicity. After the battle, it was clear that ironclad ships were the future of naval warfare.

Submitted By:  David Allison


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