CHUNK OF IRON PLATE FROM THE CONFEDERATE RAM MERRIMACK ALSO KNOWN AS THE CSS VIRGINIA

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Item Code: 1117-181

This interesting relic meas. approx. 1.75 inches wide x 2.50 inches tall x 1.00 inch thick. Both the front and back of the iron piece are smooth and clean while the sides show a dark patina, some light pitting and light surface rust.

Stamped into the clean front panel in two lines is a worn inscription of “MADE FROM ARMOR PLATE / CONFEDERATE RAM MERRIMAC.”

The USS MERRIMAC was burned down to her hull and sunk when the Union forces abandoned the Gosport Navy Yard. The Confederate raised her and added an armored casement and renamed her the CSS VIRGINIA. Of course, she is well-known for her battle with the USS MONITOR in Hampton Roads on March 9, 1862. Their action is considered the first battle between ironclad ships making this little piece of armor quite an interesting collectible. [ad] [ph:L]

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