Uss merrimack, also improperly merrimac, was a frigate, best known as the hull upon which the ironclad warship css virginia was constructed during the american civil war the css virginia then took part in the battle of hampton roads (also known as the battle of the monitor and the merrimack) in the first engagement between ironclad warships.
Few ships in american naval history have been so highly acclaimed as uss monitor, a vessel that transformed naval warfare with its revolving turret when monitor, armed with only two cannons, fought the much more heavily armed css virginia (constructed on the hull of uss merrimac) to a draw on march 9, 1862, the world took note in 1870 the british admiralty built the turreted captain. Nh 64088-kn: uss cumberland sunk by css virginia (ex-uss merrimack), 8 march 1862 ed lithograph by currier and ives, 1862, entitled the sinking of the 'cumberland' by the iron clad 'merrimac', off newport news, va, march 8th 1862.
Few ships in american naval history have been so highly acclaimed as uss monitor, a vessel that transformed naval warfare with its revolving turret when monitor , armed with only two cannons, fought the much more heavily armed css virginia (constructed on the hull of uss merrimac ) to a draw on march 9, 1862, the world took note. 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 battle of hampton roads, often referred to as either the battle of the monitor and merrimack (or virginia) or the battle of ironclads, was the most noted and arguably most important naval battle of the american civil war from the standpoint of the development of navies. On march 9, 1862, the ironclad warships uss monitor and css virginia squared off in the most influential naval battle of the civil war. By daryl watson nearly everyone has heard of the civil war ironclad warships they changed forever the history of naval warfare, especially the union uss monitor. The battle of hampton roads was a significant event in both naval and civil war history that has been detailed in many books, televised civil war documentaries, and in film, to include tnt's 1991 ironclads.
One of the most famous naval engagements in american history was the duel fought at hampton roads, virginia, on march 9, 1862 between the ironclad warships uss monitor and css merrimack (more precisely named the css virginia) i have recently been learning much more about the details of the battle. The battle of hampton roads was an american civil war battle fought at the meeting point of three rivers very close to chesapeake bay a showdown between the ironclad ships, the uss monitor and the css virginia, it was the first of its kindbecause of this, the battle is of important significance as it brought about a new type of naval warfare.
“this successful and terrible work will create a revolution in naval warfare,” wrote one southern reporter, “and henceforth iron will be the king of the seas” tags american civil war.