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Document for March 9th:
"The Original Monitor after her Fight with the Merrimac. Near the port-hole can be seen the dents made by the heavy steel-pointed shot from the guns of the Merrimac. Hampton Roads, Virginia." 07/1862


"The Original Monitor after her Fight with the Merrimac"

The Original Monitor after her Fight with the Merrimac. Near the port-hole can be seen the dents made by the heavy steel-pointed shot from the guns of the Merrimac. Hampton Roads, Virginia. Stereo., 07/1862 (National Archives Identifier: 559269); Stereographs of the Civil War, 1861 - 1865; Library of Congress Collection, ca. 1905 - ca. 1909; National Archives.

On March 9, 1862, the first prophetic battle between ironclads — the USS Monitor and CSS Virginia (aka Merrimac) — took place at Hampton Roads, Virginia. Shown here is the USS Monitor several months later with evidence of battle damage.
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