The uss monitor (right) in action with css virginia (left), 9 march 1862 image is a print of a painting by jo davidson which was part of a collection of president franklin d roosevelt courtesy of the us naval historical center few chapters in civil war history capture the imagination of engineers as much as the. It began when the confederate states navy's css virginia led a task force to break the union blockade of hampton roads although the battle may have been a draw and the monitor sank in a storm later that year, this first encounter between powered, ironclad warships spelled the end of wooden warships--and the. The battle of hampton roads: new perspectives on the uss monitor and css virginia edited by harold holtzer the civil war naval battle fought in hampton roads, virginia, on 9 march 1862 and watched by thousands of people on shore, inaugurated a new chapter in the history of warfare it was the first-ever clash. The us navy reluctantly accepted ericsson's innovative design john ericsson, designer of the uss monitor getty images the uss monitor battled the css virginia in 1862 the age of ironclad warships dawned during the american civil war, when the union's uss monitor and the confederacy's css. Battle of the world's first ironclads.
With the 150th anniversary of the famous battle between the uss monitor and css virginia now before us, the civil war trust recently had the opportunity to speak with noted naval historian and author craig symonds about the battle of hampton roads and the historical significance of the first battle between ironclad naval. The ironclads painting by raymond bayless, depicting the battle between css virginia (foreground) and uss monitor (at right) uss minnesota is also on march 9, 1862, the union and confederate navies fought the first naval action in history between two ironclad vessels, the monitor and the virginia. The uss monitor became a legend when she tangled with the seemingly unstoppable confederate css virginia during the american civil war northern spies reported to the us war department that the merrimack was being rebuilt as an ironclad then secretary of the navy, gideon welles, confessed his.
An eyewitness account of the battle between the monitor and the merrimac the first of these confederate ironclads was constructed upon the burned-out hull of the uss merrimac left behind by union forces when they abandoned the newport, virginia the stage was set for one of history's most famous naval battles. Credit: us naval historical center photograph sixteen men were lost when the uss monitor went down in a storm off cape hatteras on dec 31, 1862, while it was being towed the sunken ship was discovered in 1974 resting upside down on the ocean floor in about 235 feet (71 meters) of water efforts. The battle of hampton roads, often called the battle of monitor and merrimack, was a naval battle of the american civil war, famous for being the first fight between two ironclad warships, the uss monitor and the css virginia (the latter rebuilt from the burned-out hull of the uss merrimack) the principal.
The css virginia was an ironclad ship in the confederate navy during the american civil war (1861–1865) the first american it quickly met its match, however, in a hastily constructed, swedish-engineered union ironclad, the uss monitor, at the battle of hampton roads (1862) by april 1862, the. Surprised, he exclaimed, well, gentlemen, you don't look as though you were just through one of the greatest naval conflicts on record samuel dana greene on may 11, 1862, in the face of advancing union troops, flag officer josiah tattnall ordered the destruction of his flagship, css virginia (courtesy us naval. Hampton roads between the monitor and her nemesis css virginia did not physically amongst the upper-hudson valley's accomplishments than the building of the uss monitor this new era of naval warfare could not have been brought about this ship also bore ironclad armor that outmatched css virginia's. However, as they surveyed the opposite side of hampton roads, where the minnesota and other potential victims awaited their fate, the confederates realized that things were not going to be so simple there, looking small and low near the lofty frigate, was a vessel that could only be uss monitor , the union navy's own.
View on deck of uss monitor looking forward on the starboard side, while the ship was in the james river, virginia, 9 july 1862 the turret, with the the engine room clock was later found stopped around 1 am, marking the moment of one of the great naval tragedies of the civil war a battle for the ages. The first clash of ironclads in hampton roads on march 9, 1862 revolutionized naval warfare the union ironclad warship uss monitor, right, met the confederate ironclad css virginia, also known as the merrimack, left, in the march 9, 1862 battle of hampton roads (courtesy of the mariners' museum. On this day in 1862, one of the most famous naval battles in american history occurs as two ironclads,the ussmonitor and the css virginiafight to a draw off hampton roads, virginia the ships pounded each other all morning but their armor plates easilydeflected the cannon shots, signaling a new era of.
The confederate ironclad css virginia tried to break the union navy blockade of hampton roads the blockade prevented all commerce with norfolk and richmond, virginia on march 8, the virginia sank and damaged several union battleships on march 8, the union ironclad uss monitor arrived and fought the virginia. John v quarstein, “sink before surrender: the story of the css virginia ,” the battle of hampton roads: new perspectives on the uss monitor and css virginia (new york: fordam university press, 2006) john taylor wood, “the first fight of the ironclads: march 9, 1862,” battles and leaders of the civil war , vol 1 (new. The ship had a number of innovative features and could withstand the rigors of naval battles in the battle of hampton roads on march 9, 1862, the uss monitor successfully defended union ships from the attack of the css virginia, the confederates ironclad battleship the battle of hampton roads changed the nature of.
Battle of the monitor and merrimack, also called battle of hampton roads, (march 9, 1862), in the american civil war, naval engagement at hampton roads, virginia, a harbour at the mouth of the james river, notable as history's first duel between ironclad warships and the beginning of a new era of naval warfare. When the crews of the uss monitor and the css virginia squared off in the waterways of hampton roads, their minds were probably occupied with a single battle of hampton roads had turned virtually all of their wooden ships – the biggest and most powerful navy in the world – into floating matchsticks.
The story of the monitor vs the merrimac the 1st battle ever between the 2 ironclads, they fought it out for over 4 hours although it was considered a draw, the monitor saved operation: anaconda, making wooden ships become obsolete that day thus, the age of the ironclads had begun this film. Lt john worden commandeered the uss monitor to deflect any offensive the merrimack, now renamed css virginia, directed toward them since the css virginia already totally disabled the uss cumberland, prospects of winning did not look good for the union however, the battle fields evened out by the lack of solid. The three-masted wooden steam-frigate of the us navy merrimac, launched 1855 in boston the ship was burning down 1861 during the civil war at norfolk the remainder of her hull was rebuild by the confederates to the ironclad ccs.