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 Model of the Monitor
Armed Forces History, Division of History of Technology, National Museum of American History

Model of the Monitor

Date: mid 1960ís
Catalog #: 58707-N    Accession #: 235954
Credit: Division of Military History and Diplomacy, National Museum of American History

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 6" H x 43" W x 10.5" D

Physical Description

Wood model with plastic parts.

General History

Built by contract with John Ericsson at Green Point, Long Island, and launched 30 January 1862, the USS Monitor saw its first naval action at Hampton Roads, Virginia, on 9 March 1862. Despite the CSS Virginia being almost twice its size, with 10 ten guns, the Monitor with its 2 eleven-inch turret guns held its own. The engagement ended in a draw. The Monitor sank in a gale off the coast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, on 31 December 1862.


Country: United States
States: North Carolina, Virginia
War: Civil War
Service: Navy
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