An undated photo provided by Naval History and Heritage Command shows a drawing of USS Monitor. The Brooklyn-built Monitor made nautical history after being designed and assembled in 118 days, and then commissioned Feb. 25, 1862. Monitor fought in the first battle between two ironclads during an engagement against the Confederate navy ironclad CSS Virginia in the Battle of Hampton Roads on March 9, 1862. The battle marked the first time iron-armored ships clashed in naval warfare and signaled the end of the era of wooden ships. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Naval History and Heritage Command/Released)
USS Monitor: From 1861 to Now
This Friday, the Navy will hold a graveside interment ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery for the remains of two unknown Sailors recovered from the USS Monitor shipwreck.
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.
By Rear Adm. John G. Hannink Deputy Judge Advocate General of the Navy …