Skip to comments.USS Monitor Civil War sailors to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery 150 years later
Posted on 03/08/2013 1:18:58 PM PST by shove_itEdited on 03/08/2013 1:19:43 PM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]
ARLINGTON, Va. – Two unknown crewmen found in the USS Monitor's turret will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery 150 years after the Civil War sank off the North Carolina coast. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus is scheduled to speak during Friday's ceremony, which will include Monitor kin who believe the two Union sailors are their ancestors. Sixteen sailors died when the Monitor went down in rough seas off Cape Hatteras on March 9, 1862. The two crew members' skeletons and the remains of their uniforms were found in 2002 when the ship's rusted turret was raised from the ocean floor. The Monitor made nautical history when it fought in the first battle between two ironclads. The battle with the CSS Virginia was a draw...
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The monitor was nearly a submarine anyway. Most of it was below water, except for the turret. Which is why the Merrimack had trouble hitting it. Sending it into rough seas may have been a mistake.
R.I.P. true American patriots.
Rest In Peace ye Sailors, your Journey is over.
CSS Virginia please. If only out of respect for the brave, confederate sailors who served on her.
Yes. The monitor type ships were designed for fighting in coastal waters, rivers and bays and Cape Hatteras was dangerous even for full sized sailing ships. I alwaysd wondered why they had guys in that craft anyway since they were towing it behind a bigger ship.
Yes I think the Merrimack was scuttled. But the way the CSS Virginia went up and down the Missippi blowing up ships and port facilities would have done it proud.
Correction: The Monitor sank on December 31,1862. It fought the CSS Virginia on March 9, 1862
thank you it was the war between the states not civil war.
Just a note: Back in WWII a US destroyer received "ping" off a submerged vessel and dropped depth charges on the Monitor.
Excellent addition to the thread, thanks. Did your mural get painted over?
“The battle between those two primative iron ships marked the end of the world’s wooden navies”. It’s too bad, actually. It was a romantic era; whole forests sacrificed for a fleet of ships that depended on the wind, the direction of it meaning more than the number of cannons placed in the hull. The old sailing ships were sort of a dichotemy between old and new technology. The cannon itself was a catalist for new weapons that made others obsolete. The change was inevitable. The torpedo became the next catalyst, and so on.
mural is still there but will be painted over April 1.
A fitting tribute to true Americcan patriots. May they continue to RIP.
When was the CSS Virginia on the Mississippi, and how did it get there?
“When was the CSS Virginia on the Mississippi...”
I believe he means the James River and Hampton Roads.
It was the Union that fielded Monitor type vessels on the Mississippi.
From what I read of the Civil War, the Merrimac terrorized the Mississippi and the New England coast before it was finally confronted by the Monitor. The Mississippi was a front in the Civil war because it was easily accessed by both sides.
CSS Virginia I mean.
Uhh, not exactly. The Merrimac/Virginia never got out of the James estuary. Probably would have immediately sunk if it ha.
It did indeed terrorize the US Navy, but only for one day, handing it its worst defeat in history before Pearl Harbor. Would have done more damage, but the Monitor showed up the next day and fought her to a draw.
The New England coast may have been terrorized, but only because they were idiots who didn’t realize the M/V was if possible even less seaworthy than the Monitor. Engines, if I remember correctly, had a top speed of something like 4 knots and it took her 45 minutes or so to turn around.
The CSN engineers did amazing work with what they had, but their extremely limited resource meant they produced a major kludge.
It is possible you are thinking of the CSS Alabama, a commerce raider that swept the seas of US ships before being taken on and sunk off the coast of France by the USS Kearsarge.