It was compounded by his second order in the early hours of May 11, 1862: Set his ship on fire. USS Merrimack, also improperly Merrimac, was a steam frigate, best known as the hull upon which the ironclad warship CSS Virginia was constructed during the American Civil War.The CSS Virginia then took part in the Battle of Hampton Roads (also known as "the Battle of the Monitor and the Merrimack") in the first engagement between ironclad warships. Virginia was laid down at the Newport News Shipbuilding on 21 May 1902 and was launched on 5 April 1904. As the Monitor's commander, Lieutenant John Worden, had been wounded during the fight with the CSS Virginia, a new commander, Captain William Nicholson Jeffers was assigned to the ship. The next day, …

CSS Virginia; A Publication of Virginia Humanitites. Despite two days of bitter fighting, the Confederate fleet, which consisted of the CSS Virginia II, CSS Fredericksburg, and the CSS Richmond were forced to withdraw.

Disowned by his family, William Terrill distinguished himself in the Western Theater of the war, including at the Battle of Shiloh in April 1862. The first project was the conversion of USS Merrimack into CSS Virginia at the Gosport Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia. CSS Virginia was an ironclad warship in the service of the Confederate States Navy which fought in history's first engagement between iron-armored warships: the Battle of Hampton Roads, March 8-9, 1862 during the American Civil War.Previously, she was a steam-sail frigate named USS Merrimack, and still referred to by that name today. My 6th cousin, Frederick Hiram Curtis, was captain of the No. The only individual willing to take command of the ship was Captain Franklin Buchanan. Courtesy of Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division. The CSS Virginia (nee Merrimac) was trapped by tides in the Norfolk harbor when Union troops took the city. Ironclad Imagined. CSS Virginia was the first steam-powered ironclad warship built by the Confederate States Navy during the first year of the American Civil War; she was constructed as a casemate ironclad using the raised and cut down original lower hull and engines of the scuttled steam frigate USS Merrimack.
Captain Seaton Schroeder was the ship's first commander. Virginia began a shakedown cruise in Chesapeake Bay, Virginia, to Newport, Rhode Island, then to Long Island, New York, before arriving in Bradford, Rhode Island on 9 August. Tattnall had to give the most difficult order a ship’s captain ever makes: Abandon ship. Buchanan served as an officer on the CSS Virginia and the CSS Tennessee during the Civil War. Jeffers was known as a scientifically-minded naval officer, and had written several books on subjects such as naval gunnery and navigation. I was most interested in the encounter between the Virginia and the USS Congress.

Down the barrel of his cannon was Richard W. Curtis at the Virginia… Original Author: Brady's National Photographic Portrait Galleries. Created: Between 1862 and 1865. The ship was considered small for a warship, only 179 feet long and 42 feet wide (Williams). The ship baffled Confederate sailors. The Federal Navy had one ironclad available called the USS Onondaga accompanied by several gunboats.

The Onondaga had withdrawn downriver, the captain afraid to engage the three Confederate ironclads alone. 8 gun who recounted his experience that weekend in a 1899 story. Medium: Albumen carte-de-visite. The USS Monitor was the creation of Swedish-American engineer, John Ericsson.