Join the Hampton Roads Naval Museum for a FREE virtual lecture on the short but momentous career of the Ironclad CSS Virginia (the former USS Merrimac). 

Dr. Anna Gibson Holloway, historian and co-author of Our Little Monitor, will discuss the vessel's journey from steam frigate to revolutionary ironclad, the history-making Battle of Hampton Roads, and the scuttling and salvage of this world famous warship. 

The FREE virtual lecture is scheduled for Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 7:00pm. There will be a moderated question and answer session following the virtual lecture. 

Registraion information can be found here on Crowdcast (opens in new window).

<p>Last of the Wooden Navy scanned lithgraph</p>
Caption: The CSS Virginia (also known as the Merrimack, but misspelled below as Merrimac), the Confederate navy's first ironclad ship, engages a suddenly obsolete wooden ship of the United States Navy at the Battle of Hampton Roads on March 8, 1862. 

This chromolithograph titled Last of the Wooden Navy was published by A. B. Graham of Washington, D.C., and based on a 1906 painting by George B. Matthews. Matthews, in turn, based his rendering of the Virginia on a pencil sketch completed two days before the battle by one of its midshipmen, Hardin Littlepage.