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Battle of Hampton Roads

[Scene of the late naval fight and the environs of Fortress Monroe, and Norfolk and...]

[Scene of the late naval fight and the environs of Fortress Monroe, and Norfolk and...]

One of the most iconic naval battles of the Civil War was the four hour duel between the ironclad vessels USS Monitor and the CSS Merrimac off of Hampton Roads, Virginia. While the battle ended in a virtual draw, historians have pointed to it as the end of the wooden warship era and the beginning of heavily armored ships.  Read More

1862. February 21. Forts Henry and Donelson, Tennessee

Sketch showing the relative positions of Fort Henry and Fort Donelson...

Sketch showing the relative positions of Fort Henry and Fort Donelson...

[Map of the environs of Fort Donelson, Tennessee, Feb. 1862].

[Map of the environs of Fort Donelson, Tennessee, Feb. 1862].

Located in central Tennessee, Forts Henry and Donelson guarded the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers with interconnecting roads and telegraph lines between the two Confederate fortifications. In the first week of February, 1862, General Ulysses Grant led a massive assault composed of more than 15,000 troops and gunships. Confederate forces evacuated Fort Henry on the Tennessee River and General Grant followed up with a successful assault on Fort Donelson, located on the Cumberland River...  Read More