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Feb 27

The Battle of the Ironclads

Posted on February 27, 2017 at 8:05 AM by Communications Department

The Civil War Battle that changed modern naval history forever

The Battle of Hampton Roads, when the Union ironclad USS Monitor fought the Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia to a draw, proved the supremacy of iron to wood. One hundred and fifty-five years later, The Mariners’ Museum remembers the Battle with a weekend full of family-friendly activities, living history encampments, special events, and lectures. bohr_SCOn Saturday and Sunday, March 4-5, The Mariners’ Museum and Park will commemorate the Civil War Battle that changed modern naval history forever. This year, in addition to the Battle itself, the weekend will focus on minorities in the Civil War.

Activities will be held both inside and outside and include:
· Reenactors featuring the Tidewater Maritime Living History Association;
· Living history encampments with the U.S. Colored Troops Living History Association;
· Cannon firing and blacksmithing demonstrations; and
· Period games and crafts as well as educational lectures from historians and experts in the field.

Guided tours of the USS Monitor Center and the Batten Conservation Lab are offered, in addition to hearing about "Spies Among Us," detailing the role of women and children in the Civil War. And of course, Abraham Lincoln will return for the weekend’s events!

On Saturday evening at 6:30 PM, Hampton Roads' top restaurants and caterers will prepare their best interpretations of 19th-century dishes during History Bites, a food-tasting event of historic proportions!

For a full schedule of events, go to the Battle of Hampton Roads Weekend website or visit The Mariners’ Museum.