ABOUT THIS EPISODE
Two ships that changed the course of history during the American Civil War: The Monitor and the Merrimack. Many historians believe that the Battle of Hampton Roads in 1862 was a defining point in naval history with the transition from wooden sailing vessels to the age of steam and iron. The first Iron armored ships experienced a trial by fire in the war and proved the effectiveness of metal as a shipbuilding material instead of just wood.
In Part 5, we go over what happened after the first clash between the ironclads. The introduction of the ironclads meant that the naval and land tactics of the Civil War had to be adapted to this new threat. What was the conclusion of the Battle of Hampton Roads? Discover the final fate of the USS Monitor and CSS Virginia (Merrimack).