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Hampton Roads

Monitor vs. Merrimack, Battle of the Ironclads

March 8 - 9, 1862

Hampton Roads, Virginia

The waters in Hampton Roads where the USS Monitor and CSS Virginia fought can still be seen today. Fortress Monroe, which witnessed the battle still stands nearby. But the best place to learn about the Battle of Hampton Roads is at the Mariners' Museum in nearby Newport News, Virginia.

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Essential To-Do List:
Hampton Roads

Get the most out of your Civil War battlefield visit by exploring these recommended To-Dos.

View the Monitor's turret at the Mariners' Museum

See the original turret of the Monitor, one of the most famous warships of all time. You can also walk upon a replica of this early ironclad vessel's deck.

See where the Battle of Hampton Roads was fought

The Battle of Hampton Roads brought the era of wooden ships to an end and ushered in the age of iron naval vessels.

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Plan Your Visit

Civil War Discovery Trail


Wednesday – Saturday: 10 A.M. to 5 P.M., Sunday Noon to 5pm, Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas


(757) 596-2222


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Partners in

The work of the Civil War Trust would not be possible without the tireless support of a wide variety of local and regional partner groups. We thank them for their assistance and dedication.

The Mariners' MuseumMariners' Museum
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Museum of the ConfederacyMuseum of the Confederacy
www.moc.org »

Citizens for a Fort Monroe National ParkCitizens for a Fort Monroe National Park
www.fortmonroecitizens.org »

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