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On March 9th, 1862 a naval battle takes place between the CSS Merrimack and the USS Monitor.  This battle, which was part of a Confederate attempt to break the Union blockade of Southern ports, 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 to either vessel and the battle has no true victor.

This battle marked the first engagement between ironclad vessels in history and was the start of a new era of naval warfare.

(Credit: Library of Congress)


Civil War displays in the Texas Ranger Museum

Civil War displays in the Texas State History Museum

“That on the first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, all persons held as slaves within any state or designated part of a state, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free…”

From the Emancipation Proclamation, January 1st, 1863


Abraham Lincoln

(Photo Credit: Library of Congress)