CSS Virginia Model

Grade Range: 5-12
Resource Type(s): Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted: 12/23/2010

On April 21, 1861, Virginians claimed an abandoned navy yard at Norfolk, Virginia. There they found the sunken hull of the burned USS Merrimack. The Merrimack was raised and on June 23, 1861 the Honorable S. R. Mallory, Confederate secretary of the navy, ordered it to be converted to an ironclad. That ironclad was christened the CSS Virginia.

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