Oil on bed ticking painting: one of four (4) paintings of the CSS Virginia (Merrimac). This one depicts the CSS Virginia's engagement with the Cumberland.
|Material||paint (oil); textile (bed ticking); wood|
|Dimensions||H-12 W-17 inches|
|Made||unidentified Confederate sailor/artillerist|
|Event||Battle of Hampton Roads|
Painting depicting the CSS Virginia engaged with the USS Cumberland.
"This series of pictures - Fight of the Virginia (Merrimac) and the Monitor - was painted by a member of the gun-crew taken from the United Artillery of Norfolk, Virginia to engage in the combat of March 8th and 9th, 1862. After the destruction of the Virginia by the Confederates on May 10, 1862, the men were transferred to Fort Darling, Drewry's Bluff, and it was at this place that the pictures were painted, on ticking for want of canvas. The pictures were left with our family in the fall of 1862, and have remained till the present time."
unidentified Confederate soldier
Confederate States Navy
Battle of Hampton Roads