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On this date in Civil War History: March 8-9, 1862 – Battle of Hampton Roads

Easy Plugin for AdSense by Unreal Confederate captain Franklin Buchanan steamed his ironclad Virginia (formerly the USS Merrimack) from the Gosport Navy Yard into the Chesapeake Bay to confront the Union fleet there on blockade duty. Anchored in the bay … Continue reading

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The Monitor, the Merrimack and… U.S.S. Minnesota?

By Darryl Sannes and Jeffrey Williams Minnesota Civil War Commemoration Task Force Friday marks the 150th anniversary of the famed duel between the ironclad ships, Monitor and Merrimack, and the Battle of Hampton Roads off of Sewell’s Point, Virginia. Today, … Continue reading

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Bombardment of Fort Henry (Feb. 2-6, 1862)

Fort Henry was a Confederate garrison on the Tennessee River, the capture of which was the first significant Union victory of the Civil War. Because of its food production, mineral resources, labor supply, and railroads, Tennessee was the key to … Continue reading

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Civil War shipwreck treasures unveiled

by Hal Scheurich WALA-TV 10  GULF SHORES, Ala. (WALA) – Once buried by the sands of time, a 150-year-old shipwreck off the Alabama coast was uncovered by a local exploration group a few years ago. Thursday, they unveiled some of … Continue reading

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Fire on the Water exhibit at Athenaeum observes 150th anniversary of Civil War

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. – A ship that helped turn the tide of public opinion at home and abroad during the Civil War is featured in a new exhibit, “Fire on the Water: Portsmouth’s Kearsarge Sinks the Deadly Confederate Raider Alabama.” “Civilian … Continue reading

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