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CIVIL WAR IRONCLADS

CSS Virginia (Merrimack) - CSS Virginia was constructed from the partly burned U.S. steam frigate Merrimack at Gosport Navy Yard. She entered dock on 30 May 1861 and left dock and attacked the Federal squadron in Hampton Roads on 8 March 1862, engaged the Monitor on 9 March 1862. When the Navy Yard was evacuated by the Confederate forces, the Virginia was found to be too deep for navigation in the James River and to avoid capture was destroyed by her own crew off Craney Island 11 May 1862. She was raised 30 May 1876 and broken up.
USS Monitor - USS Monitor was the predecessor of the modern warship. Her innovative design and battle with CSS Virginia are credited with signaling the death knell of the wooden warship. The naval battles in Hampton Roads, Virginia shocked the world. Monitor would fight the Virginia to a draw in what would become one of the most celebrated naval battles in history.  
USS Cairo - On 12 December 1862, while engaged in mine clearance activities on the Yazoo River, Mississippi, USS Cairo was sunk by a Confederate mine. Her wreck was recovered in 1965, but was badly damaged during the salvage efforts. USS Cairo has subsequently been partially restored and is on exhibit at Vicksburg, Mississippi.
 
CSS Hunley - Confederate Submarine H.L. Hunley was credited with the first recorded successful underwater attack, against USS Housatonic using a torpedo, which was projected from the submarine by a pole. Eight men turned the propeller using a hand crank. Maximum speed was 4 knots. Air was provided by two four-foot pipes, although the hull contained enough air for approximately one-half hour of submerged operations. 
CSS Atlanta - CSS Atlanta was originally the English blockade runner Fingal, built at Glasgow, Scotland, in 1861. She was procured by the Confederate Government in 1862 and converted into an ironclad ram at Savannah by Messrs. N. and A.F. Tift. This vessel, with Commander W. McBlair, CSN, in command, was active on the Savannah station, usually flying the flag of Commodore Tattnall, who lived ashore in Savannah. On 17 June 1863 she was captured at dawn in Wassaw Sound, Georgia, by monitors Weehawken and Nahant.
Ironclads on Display at Scuttlebutt
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