Wednesday, March 9, 2011

USS Monitor and CSS Virginia "Merrimac"

USS Monitor and CSS Virginia "Merrimac" Photo #: NH 79549-KN (Color)

Combat Naval Livre sur la Rade de Hampton entre l'Escadre Federale et une Division de la Marine Confederee"

Colored lithograph by LeBreton, after a French officer's sketch, published in Paris, circa 1862. It depicts the 9 March 1862 battle between CSS Virginia (called "Merrimac" on the print) and USS Monitor.

Also shown are CSS Jamestown (left distance), CSS Yorktown (center distance); USS Congress (right center distance); USS Cumberland (sunken in right center distance) and USS Minnesota (right). Congress had actually been set afire and destroyed by the Virginia on the previous day.

Courtesy of the U.S. Navy Art Collection, Washington, D.C.

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