Hampton Roads
Part of The American Civil War
Date March 8, 1862 – March 9, 1862
Location Off Sewell's Point (modern-day Norfolk), near the mouth of Hampton Roads, Virginia
Result Inconclusive

Tactical Confederate Victory Strategic Confederate Defeat

34StarsUnited States CSAConfederate States
Commanders and leaders
USNavalStandardLouis M. Goldsborough (not present)

USNavalStandardJohn Marston (senior officer present)

CSAnjFranklin Buchanan

CSAnjCatesby ap Roger Jones

The Battle of Hampton Roads, often referred to as either the Battle of the Monitor and Merrimack (or Virginia) or the Battle of Ironclads, was the most noted and arguably most important naval battle of the American Civil War from the standpoint of the development of navies. It was fought over two days, March 8–9, 1862, in Hampton Roads, a roadstead in Virginia where the Elizabeth and Nansemond Rivers meet the James River just before it enters Bay adjacent to Norfolk, Virginia. The battle was a part of the effort of the Confederacy to break the Union blockade, which had cut off Virginia's largest cities (Norfolk and Richmond) from international trade.

Battle of Hampton Roads in Southern VictoryEdit

Hampton Roads was a naval battle during the War of Secession. It is best known for its climactic action on its second day, the contest between the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia. This was the first battle between armored warships in the history of the world.

The U.S. Navy claimed to have won the battle, though the C.S Navy maintained that the action was inconclusive, pointing out that the Virginia attained its vague mission objective of inflicting "as much damage as possible" on the US fleet. What both sides could agree on is that it was a legendary battle that survived in the lore of both navies for decades to come.

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