The Celebrated Ram and Iron Clad Virginia

Battle of Hampton Roads, U.S.S. Monitor (right) vs. C.S.S. Virginia (left).

DISTINGUISHED ARRIVALS. – Captain Robert E. Pegram, of the C. S. Steamer Nashville, and Lieut. Catesby Jones, of the blown up splitting-ram Merrimac, arrived in Richmond yesterday from Petersburg. The entire force engaged upon the Merrimac, consisting of some four hundred and fifty men, arrived on the same train.

— From the Richmond Enquirer, 13 May 1862, p. 1, c. 5.

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Ironclad C.S.S. Virginia, 1862.

A RELIC OF WAR FOR SALE: The undersigned has had several offers for the IRON PROW! of the first iron-clad ever built, the celebrated Ram and Iron Clad Virginia, formerly the Merrimac. This immense RELIC WEIGHS 1,340 POUNDS, wrought iron, and as a sovereign of the war, and an object of interest as a revolution in naval warefare, would suit a Museum, State Institute, or some great public resort. Those desiring to purchase will please address D. A. UNDERDOWN, Wrecker, care of Virginian Office, Norfolk, Va.

— From a Norfolk Virginian classified advertisement in the newspaper’s “Private Sales” section, 8 October 1867.

Curator: Christian Clay Columba Campbell

Christian Clay Columba Campbell is a Roman Catholic of the Anglican Use. As Senior Warden of the Cathedral of the Incarnation (Orlando, FL), he organised the process by which the parish accepted the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus, petitioning to join the Catholic Church. The Anglican Cathedral is now the Church of the Incarnation in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. Personal queries should be directed to me at eccentricbliss dot com.

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