The battle at hampton roads

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Ordering his tenders forward to receive the ship's surrender, Buchanan was angered when Union troops ashore, not understanding the situation, opened fire. But her officers reported low ammunition, a leak in the bow, and difficulty in keeping up steam. After repairs, she returned and rejoined the others. On May 9, , following the Confederate evacuation of Norfolk , the Virginia was destroyed by its crew. Monitor's hull lies upside down, with her deck resting on her displaced gun turret. However, while the design proved exceptionally well-suited for river combat, the low-profile and heavy turret caused poor seaworthiness in rough waters. Despite the heavier losses, Hampton Roads proved a strategic victory for the Union as the blockade remained intact.

That cheer was cut short, however, when they saw that the Virginia had made her ponderous turn. It is reported that it will take about ten years for the metal to completely stabilize.

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The report will be read with deep interest, and its details will not fail to rouse the ardor and nerve the arms of our gallant seamen. McClellan , who worried that she could interfere with his positions on the York River. She was a paddle wheel steamer named for the victor as most Southerners saw it at Hampton Roads. Mallory evaded the issue by appointing Buchanan, head of the Office of Orders and Detail, flag officer in charge of the defenses of Norfolk and the James River. However, on the second day Monitor arrived and initiated the famous duel of the ironclads. As Roanoke was one of the ships that ran aground, Marston was unable to materially influence the battle, and his participation is often disregarded. She was used for running the blockade until she was captured and taken into Federal service, still named Merrimac. Two of her guns were disabled and several armor plates had been loosened. The stern measured in at ft 54 m and the bow to stern length was ft 80 m. Commander Josiah Tattnall realized that his ship had too much draft to make it up the James River to Richmond, and there was little chance of successfully escaping out of Hampton Roads past the waiting fleet of Union warships off Fort Monroe that were surely anticipating just such a move. The distant sound of booming guns greeted the Monitor as she approached the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. They agree that the result of the Monitor—Virginia encounter was not a victory for either side.

These had been outfitted with rams and some iron plating. However, while the design proved exceptionally well-suited for river combat, the low profile and heavy turret caused poor seaworthiness in rough waters.

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At one point Virginia was accidentally run ashore, but managed to eventually free herself. However, while the design proved exceptionally well-suited for river combat, the low-profile and heavy turret caused poor seaworthiness in rough waters. Some artifacts from the CSS Virginia are also on display.

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Enraged at Union shore batteries which continued to fire upon the white flag, Buchanan ordered the Congress to be set afire, and then began personally firing back at the shore with a rifle. Worden moved the Monitor directly towards the Virginia, placing his ship between the Virginia and her prey.

On April 4, she was able to leave drydock. The Monitor saved the fleet from further destruction and kept the Virginia trapped in Hampton Roads. Contact Us. Jones proved to be no less aggressive than the man he replaced.

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Battle of Hampton Roads