On this day in the Civil War, a naval battle takes place between the CSS Merrimack and the USS Monitor. The battle occurs in the harbor at Hampton Roads. Fighting continues for nearly two hours until injuries force the commanders to pull back. There is relatively little damage done to either vessel and the battle has no true victor.

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Battle of the Monitor and MerrimackĀ 

(Credit: Library of Congress)

 

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