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Object Name PAINTING
Catalog Number 0985.13.00337b
Date c. 1862
Description 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
Owned Fitzgerald family
Owner Regiment CSS Virginia

USS Cumberland
Made unidentified Confederate sailor/artillerist
Event Battle of Hampton Roads
Provenance 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."
People unidentified Confederate soldier
Fitzgerald family
Search Terms Confederate States Navy
Battle of Hampton Roads
Subjects Iron-clad vessels