Battle of Hampton Roads Weekend March 5 & 6, 2016 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM At The Mariners Museum & Park Weekend commemorates 154 years since Battle of the Ironclads On March 8, 1862, the CSS Virginia entered the waters of Hampton Roads and destroyed the USS Cumberland and the USS Congress in a battle that showed the supremacy of iron over wood. The following day the Union ironclad Monitor met the Virginia in a battle, which, though fought to a draw, changed the very nature of naval warfare not only in America, but worldwide. One hundred and fifty-four years later, on March 5 & 6, 2016, The Mariner... read more
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Mariners’ Museum marks 152 nd anniversary of Ironclad Battle NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – One hundred and fifty-two years ago, on March 8 and 9, 1862 , the great naval conflict of The American Civil War raged in the body of water known as Hampton Roads. On March 8, the CSS Virginia laid waste to the wooden-hulled Union Navy. On March 9, the USS Monitor arrived in Hampton Roads, and the first meeting of ironclad ships in battle commenced. Four and a half hours later, the battle ended in a draw. But there was a clear winner in iron vs. wood, and warship designs changed forever with the Monitor ’s gun tu... read more