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Battle of the Ironclads
One of the most interesting battles during the entire War Between the States took place not on land... but on water. The South, working on a plan to break the Yankee naval blockade, was about to use the first modern ironclad ship in battle.
On March 8, 1862, the CSS Virginia steamed into the waters of Hampton Roads to face five Union warships. Almost immediately, the Virginia successfully rammed and sank one ship, then headed for a second. The second Union ship ran aground and was destroyed by the Virginia. It was becoming obvious that the wooden ships of the Union navy were no match for the Confederate ironclad.
The following morning, the northern ironclad, the Monitor, appeared for the first time ever and did battle with the Virginia. The two ships battled to a draw without a winner, but naval warfare was forever changed that spring day in 1862.
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