11h 59min, mar 9, 1862 y - U.S.S. Monitor vs. C.S.S. Virginia
This was the third major battle in the Civil War. It was fought with the Monitor being the Union’s ironclad ship that entered into Chesapeake Bay to defeat the massive Virginia that had been very successful for the Confederacy. On March 8, the Virginia sunk two Union ships and ran one aground off Hampton Roads. The next day, the U.S.S. Monitor steamed into the Chesapeake Bay. Neither ship was seriously damaged, but the Monitor effectively ended the short reign of terror that the Confederate ironclad had brought to the Union navy. The battle became important because this was the first time two ironclad ships had fought. It ended the use of wooden ships, and started the use of industrialized, heavily armed ships, that would play huge roles in both sides armies. It also led to the next ground battle at the Siege of Fort Donelson.
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