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  • First clash of the ironclads

    First clash of the ironclads
    Few days opened more darkly for the U.S. Navy than March 9, 1862. Mangled by the lethal guns and armored sides of the CSS Virginia on the previous afternoon, the Union fleet in Hampton Roads still reeled from the brutal loss of two warships and 300...
  • Ironclad on a rampage

    Ironclad on a rampage
    No one imagined the destruction about to unfold as the CSS Virginia eased from its berth late on the morning of March 8, 1862, for what was supposed to be its maiden voyage. But even as the sailors at Portsmouth’s Gosport Navy Yard prepared to...
  • Lincoln directs fall of Norfolk

    Lincoln directs fall of Norfolk
    When Abraham Lincoln stepped ashore at Fort Monroe late on May 6, 1862, he hoped his visit would prod Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan and his Army of the Potomac into action. By the next morning, however — after finding that McClellan’s long...
  • York River may yield 1781 shipwreck

    York River may yield 1781 shipwreck
    Two of the nation's foremost underwater archaeologists began work in the river off Yorktown Beach Wednesday morning, surveying the previously undetected wreck of a ship that may have been scuttled by the British during the Revolution.     Brought in by...
  • Welcome to "Our Story: 400 years of history in Hampton Roads"

    Welcome to "Our Story: 400 years of history in Hampton Roads"
    When your job is writing about history, it's hard to have a week better than the one just past. One of Jamestown's oldest riddles was finally answered in pretty conclusive fashion by the butchered skull of a 14-year-old English girl -- and this first...
  • Ironclad mourned 150 years after its death

    Ironclad mourned 150 years after its death
    When the USS Monitor left Hampton Roads on the afternoon of Dec. 29, 1862, the southwest wind was light, the skies clear and the seas smooth. Nobody imagined that just 36 hours later the famous ship hailed as the savior of the Union after its historic...
  • Lost Monitor sailors near burial

     Lost Monitor sailors near burial
    WASHINGTON — Two sailors who perished 150 years ago in the sinking of one of history's most famous warships took a solemn step toward their final resting place Thursday when their remains were transferred to a Navy ceremonial guard at Dulles...
  • Preserving the memory of the Monitor sailors

    Preserving the memory of the Monitor sailors
    Long before the start of the expedition that recovered the USS Monitor gun turret from the bottom of the Atlantic in 2002, Navy divers and NOAA archaeologists working to save the historic Civil War ship knew they might run into the remains of lost...
  • Civil War sailors laid to rest, 151 years later

    Civil War sailors laid to rest, 151 years later
    Eleven years ago, Navy Capt. Barbara "Bobbie" Scholley dived more than 230 feet into the ocean to help bring back the past: two sailors killed when their Civil War battleship sank in 1862. On Friday, the Annapolis woman joined the crew members'...
  • Museum marks USS Monitor's 150th anniversary

    Museum marks USS Monitor's 150th anniversary
    One hundred fifty years ago this month, two strange-looking ships met near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay and changed the course of naval, if not American, history. The duel in Hampton Roads between the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia ended in a draw,...
  • Civil War Exhibits

    Civil War Exhibits
    Hampton Roads museums offer numerous exhibits exploring the region's historic role in the Civil War. Here are some thumbnail descriptions of some of the attractions you can expect to see during the 150th anniversary of the war: Casemate Museum. The...