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Monitor and Merrimack

Definition: Site of many important Civil War events, including the battle of the ironclads, the Monitor and Merrimack; the land-based beginning of McClellan's Peninsular Campaign; and a diplomatic conference aimed at ending the war (attended by Lincoln and War Secretary Edwin Stanton for the Union and Vice-President Alexander Stephens, President Pro Tem of the Senate R.M.T. Hunter of Virginia, and Judge John A. Campbell of Alabama for the Confederacy).


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The Monitor and the Merrimack
The USS Monitor was the first purpose-built heavy metal warship in the U.S. Navy. Launched on January 30, 1862, the Monitor is most famous for its Civil War battle with the CSS Virginia, a Confederate States Navy ship that was rebuilt from the frigate USS Merrimack.

The Civil War
The Civil War was one of the most devastating events in American History. Read about the causes, see the heroes, and share the horror. Start here.

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The Hampton Roads Peace Conference
More on the secret peace conference.

The Battle of Hampton Roads
Four different accounts of the famous ironclads battle.

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