THE BATTLE OF HAMPTON ROADS
The south created a new ship that was very powerful so the north did also. The two ships ended up battling for hours in what became known as The Battle of Hampton Roads
The south had no navy but then the southern engineers unveiled a new ship on March 8, 1862 that threatened the naval balance of power in the war. It was called a ironclad.
In February 1862 the north launched their ironclad called the USS Monitor.
The battle was between the south's ironclad and the north's USS Monitor. The battle lasted five hours but finally both ships decided to withdraw and both choose to avoid a rematch.
The south's ironclad was taken over and became a sitting duck.
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