The Monitor and the Virginia
The U.S.S Monitor and the C. S. S. Virginia were the first ironclads to grace
the waters of the American Civil War. Their battle in 1862 at Newport
News Point is still considered one of the best and most exciting naval
engagements of all times. The reason people think of it as the battle of the
"Monitor and the Merrimack" is because the Merrimack had been the
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After visiting Washington the Monitor was steaming her way back along
the coastline when she was over taken by a storm, luckily her crew was
placed safely aboard a vessel close by, but she sunk clear to the bottom and
was never recovered.
Both the Monitor's and the Virgin's design was kept throughout the
Civil War, but not without improvements, another turret was added to the
Monitor's hull and more guns to the Virginia.