Battle of Hampton Roads Timeline (March 8th - 9th, 1862)


The Battle of Hampton Roads - made notable due to the clash of the ironclads CSS Virginia and USS Monitor - was an indecisive engagement for both sides.

There are a total of (11) Battle of Hampton Roads Timeline (March 8th - 9th, 1862) events in the CivilWarTimeline.net database. Entries are listed below by date-of-occurrence ascending (first-to-last). Other leading and trailing events are also included for perspective.
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Union (Strategic); Confederate (Tactical) Victory
COMMAND: John Marston; John Worden
FORCES: United States Navy
STRENGTH: 1 Ironclad; 5 Frigates
CASUALTIES: 261
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COMMAND: Franklin Buchanan; Catesby Roger Jones
FORCES: Confederate Navy
STRENGTH: 1 Ironclad; 2 Warships; 3 Other Vessels
CASUALTIES: 78








March 8, 1862

In the Battle of Hampton Roads, Virginia, CSS Virginia tangled with Union Navy forces n an effort to help unseat the Blockade.



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March 8, 1862

Arriving from Norfolk, CSS Virginia enters Hampton Roads at about 1PM.



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March 8, 1862

USS Cumberland is rammed and sunk by CSS Virginia.



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March 8, 1862

USS Congress is set alight by CSS Virginia.



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March 8, 1862

While attempting maneuver, USS Minnesota is run aground.



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March 8, 1862

At 6:06PM, CSS Virginia retreats to Norfolk as the sun sets.



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March 8, 1862

At 9:00PM, USS Monitor arrives on the seen and takes up position near USS Minnesota.



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March 9, 1862

At 7:00AM CSS Virginia departs Norfolk and heads to Hampton Roads to finish off USS Minnesota.



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March 9, 1862

Already having been burning for hours, USS Congress explodes at 12:30AM.



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March 9, 1862

CSS Virginia is met by USS Monitor in what would come to be known as the "Battle of the Monitor and the Merrimack". Merrimack was the former name of CSS Virginia prior to her conversion as a Confederate ironclad.



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March 9, 1862

Fighting between USS Monitor and CSS Virginia continues until 12:15PM at which point CSS Virginia withdraws. The battle, for all its importance to both sides, is labeled indecisive as little headway is made for either party. The Battle of Hampton Roads is over.



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