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Monitor and Merrimack

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Definition: Ironclad ships that fought a famous battle near Hampton Roads, Virginia, in 1861. The Merrimack was actually a sunken Union castoff, dredged up by Confederates and renamed the Virginia. The Monitor was a new Union ship. The ships fired at each other all day, but their iron shells prevented damage.


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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 Battle That Changed Naval History
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The Battle of Hampton Roads
Four different accounts of the famous ironclads battle.

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