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Object Name Armor, Ship
Catalog Number 0985.13.00313
Description This is a rectangular piece of black coated iron. There is a round hole is in the body for fastening to the hull. There is a large dent is in the plating. There are white block letters on the piece relate its history. The hole is approximately 1.25" in diameter.
Material Metal/Iron
Dimensions H-8 W-16.5 inches
Owned owner/user unknown
Owner Regiment CSS Virginia / USS Merrimac
Made Tredegar Iron Works, Richmond, Virginia, CSA
Event Battle of Hampton Roads
Provenance This is a piece of armor plating from the hull of the CSS Virginia (formerly USS Merrimac). The deep dent is from an enemy shot. "Soon after the war, the U.S. Government broke up the CSS Virginia, and sold her iron at an auction. J.R. Anderson Co., operating the Tredegar Iron Works bought the greater part of the iron armor, which had been made at Tredegar and returned it to those works." This piece shows a round impression where one of the enemy's shot struck it, and a round hole for the bolt which fastened the plate to the hull.
Search Terms Confederate States Navy
Battle of Hampton Roads
Tredegar Iron Works
Richmond, Virginia
Subjects auctions
Iron-clad vessels