Battle of the Monitor and the Merrimac

The first naval battle in Hampton Roads

Black-and-white illustration from Leslie's Illustrated News, March 22, 1862 issue, showing first naval battle in Hampton Roads.

Landmarks and ships are labeled, from left to right, as: Sewell's Point, Craney Island, Rebel Steamer Merrimac, Rebel Steamer Jamestown, Rebel Steamer Yorktown, U.S. Ship Cumberland, U.S. Ship Congress, Newport News.

Caption: The first naval battle in Hampton Roads, between the Rebel iron-plated steamers Merrimac, Yorktown and Jamestown, and the United States wooden sailing frigates Cumberland and Congress – Sinking of the Cumberland by a blow from the Merrimac, Saturday, March 8 – From a sketch by our special artist at Newport News – See page 289 [for related story]

Source: Illustration from Leslie's Illustrated News, March 22, 1862, pages 296-297

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Last Updated: March 14, 2012