On the afternoon of march 8, monitor approached cape henry, virginia, while inside hampton roads, the confederacy's own ironclad, css virginia, wrought havoc with the union navy's wooden blockading fleet during that engagement, the southern warship sank both the sloop uss cumberland and the frigate uss. Css virginia was the first steam-powered ironclad warship built by the confederate states navy during the first year of the american civil war she was constructed as a casemate ironclad using the raised and cut down original lower hull and engines of the scuttled steam frigate uss merrimack virginia was one of the. Uss merrimack history ironclad css virginia homepage ex-union warship merrimack casemate ironclad css virginia homepage introduction the march 9, 1862, battle between the monitor and the merrimack (css virginia) during the american civil war (1861-1865) was history's first duel between ironclad warships. I read and reread the monitor and the merrimac when i was young it is an engaging story of the people surrounding the union and confederate navies during the civil war it starts with the development of the iron clads and talks about how john ericsson came to suggest the revolutionary design of the monitor it goes.
It featured the ironclad warships the uss monitor and the css virginia, and helped to usher in a new era of naval warfare names such as gettysburg, antietam, and shiloh are familiar to many students of american history, most americans would likely be unable to name a single naval battle from the american civil war. Yankee scout -- monitor vs merrimack 1 as this issue of yankee scout opens, in the months after the military debacle triggered by the union intelligence in developing the urbanna plan, see, edwin fishel, the secret war for the union: the untold story of military intelligence in the civil war,.
Introduction the march 9, 1862, battle between the monitor and the merrimack ( css virginia) during the american civil war (1861-65) was history's first duel between ironclad warships the engagement, known as the battle of hampton roads, was part of a confederate effort to break the union blockade of southern ports,. An eye-witness account of the battle between the uss monitor and the css virginia (formerly uss merrimack) on march 9th, 1862 by lieutenant samuel dana green, usn naval historical foundation publication washington, dc nd copy of letter written by the late lieutenant samuel dana.
(from the introduction:) monitor vs merrimack: the battle of hampton roads is a simple two-player game of strategy based on the historic battle between the uss monitor and the css virginia (also known as the merrimack) game comes with rules and counters, no map a standard 8 by 8 checkerboard and a deck of cards. There is american history, or there is british history civil war or imperial history diplomatic or naval history in his seminal 1933 work, the introduction of the ironclad warship, james baxter traces the overriding influence of ericsson's original 'monitor' prototype in the fateful, decision-making days.
However, the battle was fought between two famous ironclad ships called the monitor and the merrimack as a result, the battle is sometimes called the battle of the ironclads or the battle of the monitor and merrimack what is an ironclad the ironclad was a new kind of warship first used in the civil war previous warships.
It was a terrible year in american history, and the following battles are just a few of the major events of the american civil war in 1862 first of all, lincoln was ready to go after richmond, but general george mcclellan was dragging his feet in march, lincoln demoted him to a field commander and ordered him to get moving.
This story has tremendous appeal for the general reader, even those new to naval history or the civil war many of the books on amazon might serve as a decent introduction to both fields, but mr mokin's novel is one of the best choices mokin holds himself to a higher standard of historical fiction, to tell the. Merrimack (uss) the hunt for remains of the legendary confederate ironclad, merrimack in the elizabeth river, portsmouth, virginia september 1982 this was a fleet that i on its ironclad gunboats naturally, while everyone is making headlines and fame by searching for and discovering the monitor, where am i. These links will take you to a few of the videos that deal with the subject of civil war ironclads as one would expect, more exists on the uss monitor and the css virginia (most popularly known as the merrimack) than on other ironclads one two-part video deals with archeological studies of the the uss monitor and the.