The date of the interment honors Monitor’s role in the Battle of Hampton Roads 151 years ago. The battle marked the first time iron-armored ships clashed in naval warfare and signaled the end of the era of wooden ships. Though Monitor’s confrontation with the Virginia ended in a draw, the Monitor prevented the Virginia from gaining control of Hampton Roads and thus preserved the Federal blockade of the Norfolk area.
Months later, 16 Sailors were lost when the Monitor sank Dec. 31, 1862 in a storm off Cape Hatteras, N.C. This infographic traces Monitor’s history from its conception in 1861 to now.