Battle of Hampton Roads

The Battle of Hampton Roads, which is also commonly called the Battle of the Monitor and Merrimack, was a monumental event that took place during the American Civil War. The battle took place on March 8th and March 9th in 1862. It was an attempt by the Confederacy to break down the Union’s blockade. This important battle is most remembered for being the first time that ironclad warships were involved in combat with one another. The Confederate was armed with the ram CSS Virginia and other ships. At the beginning of the battle, the Confederate side seemed to be the clear winner, due to the weaker, more traditional ships of the Union. Over time, however, both sides were able to put up a good fight, and the battle ended with no clear winner. The blockade, of course, was not removed.

Though the battle did not have an immediate impact or allow the Confederacy to achieve its goals, it did have an impact on navies in general. England and France stopped using wooden hulled ships, and others quickly followed in their footsteps. Also, a new type of battleship was created, that was thought to be far superior to even the ships used by the Confederacy. These ships used mounted guns and rams and were referred to as “monitors.”

Currently Hampton Roads commemorates the battle with several historical sites and museums offering information and facts about the American Civil War. Replicas of the ships involved in battle can be seen at several locations throughout the area, making Hampton Roads an excellent educational trip for any history class or an exciting adventure for the fully grown history buff. Plus, many other important battles of the Civil War, the War of 1812, and the American Revolution took place in the area, making it a wonderful destination for anyone interested in getting a hands on learning experience about America’s great history.