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U.S.S. Monitor vs. C.S.S. Virginia - limited edition print
Hampton Roads, Va., March 9, 1862

Classic Canvas Signed & Numbered - $695.00


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Giclée Canvas Prints
Reproduction technique: Giclées are printed with the finest archival pigmented inks on canvas.
Each print is numbered and signed by the artist and accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.

Classic Edition 16" x 20"
Signed & Numbered • Edition Size: 100

Historical Information

The USS Merrimack was captured by the Confederate Navy, refitted and renamed the CSS Virginia. In a single day, the gunboat sunk or disabled three Union warships with little damage to herself.

On March 9, 1862 as the Southern ironclad returned to finish off a ship aground, she was confronted by the Union's own ironclad Monitor. For four and a half hours, the ironclads dueled in a slow lumbering ballet, bouncing iron shot off each other's iron plate. The Virginia finally withdrew, leaving the Monitor and her blockading fleet to hold Hampton Roads. It was the dawning of a new age in maritime warfare. Neither craft would survive the war, their contribution to the future limited to that one day.

Mort Künstler's Comments

The research for this painting was done at the U.S. Navy Memorial Museum and the Smithsonian Institute.


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