The USS Monitor was the Navy’s first ironclad vessel, but it was not the only one in Civil War waters. The Virginia had started life in 1855 as the Merrimack, a Union ship that had been burned to the waterline, sunk, and abandoned in the Gosport Navy Yard in Norfolk, VA. The Confederates raised what [...]
Posted by Hilary on March 9, 2011, under - Civil War.
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