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  • While the armies battles on land, the Union and Confederate navies battled at sea. At the beginning of war, Lincoln bypassed Congress and ordered a naval blockade of all Southern ports. Lincoln hoped this would strangle the Confederacy financially because the South's economy relied almost entirely on cotton trade with Britain. The Confederate warship Alabama sank more than 60 Union ships before it was defeated. The formerly known warship USS Merrimack was renamed the Virginia and easily destroyed several Union ships and broke through the blockade. The Union built the USS Monitor, a ship featuring an innovative gun turret. The 2 ships met in March of 1862 at the Battle of the Ironclads, which ended in a draw.
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