| Jan 14, 2013
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...
| Jan 14, 2013
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...
| Jan 14, 2013
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...
| Mar 8, 2013
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...
| Dec 28, 2012
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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...
| May 3, 2013
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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...
| May 30, 2013
Blackbeard may get all the attention. Black Bart was even more feared. But for my money, the most important pirate to cast a shadow across Hampton Roads was an almost completely unknown Englishman named William Dampier.
Exactly what he was doing in...
| Jun 11, 2011
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...
| May 21, 2009
The Outer Banks of North Carolina, one of the prime vacation spots on the East Coast, is an easy two-hour drive from Hampton Roads. Famous for its family-oriented entertainment, the area offers miles of beautiful white beaches, amusements and historical...
| Aug 7, 2009
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About 22 miles long and only 4 miles wide, the area that became Newport News was first settled in 1619. In 1896, that community -- the former seat of Warwick County -- became the separate city of Newport News. Warwick County was one of the eight...
| May 20, 2010
Newport News is a maritime city steeped in history, dating back to the early 1600s, when it was first settled.
Legend has it that it was named after explorer Capt. Christopher Newport, who sometime about 1610 sailed on the James River to return to the...