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Maps of Hampton Roads, Virginia (1862)
Fort Monroe

 

The Battle of Hampton Roads
March 8-9, 1862

On March 8, 1862, from her berth at Norfolk, the Confederate ironclad Virginia steamed into Hampton Roads where she sank Cumberland and ran Congress aground. On March 9, the Union ironclad Monitor having fortuitously arrived to do battle, initiated the first engagement of ironclads in history. The two ships fought each other to a standstill, but Virginia retired. 
 

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