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March 12, 2012 4:40 PM

Hampton Roads Fight Begins New Era of Naval Warfare

In a battle that served as a precursor to future naval encounters, the USS Monitor and CSS Virginia squared off in the first meeting of ironclad vessels. The battle which is referred to as the battle of Hampton Roads or the battle of the Monitor and Merrimac served to bring about the eventual end to wooden combat ships and bring forth newer vessels that could take as much punishment as they gave out.

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