Battle of the Ironclads…

December 30, 2012

Check out the Official Historical Blog of the Norfolk Naval Shipyard on the 150th anniversary of the sinking of the USS Monitor. BTW, it has been pointed out to me that my title is a bit misleading–the Monitor sank in a storm but did fight in a historic sea battle with the CSS Virginia on March 9th, in what is called the battle of the Ironclads. The following article is full of information like that, not just about the sinking. 🙂

Sunday, December 30, 2012

The Sinking and Loss of the USS Monitor ~ 150 Years Ago on December 31, 1862

Blog #24. December 29, 2012 by Marcus W. Robbins

Thanks to Belle Grave Plantation and the Northern Neck of Virginia Historical Society for posting this link. History does matter!


  1. Battle of the ironclads…..? Monitor was lost in a storm, not battle

    • To quote the linked article, which I hope you read in its entirety–there WAS a battle of the Ironclads: “The resulting battle, the first between iron-armored warships, was a tactical draw. However, Monitor prevented the Virginia from gaining control of Hampton Roads and thus preserved the Federal blockade of the Norfolk area.” I’m sorry of the title is misleading even if the linked article and article title is about the SINKING of the Monitor due to a STORM on December 31st with the loss of 16 lives.

      • BTW, it was only after writing this defensive response that I realized who wrote the comment. Yeah. I’m defensive a lot.

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