Gun from the CSS Virginia

Gun from the CSS Virginia (HM1NNH)

Location: Fredericksburg, VA 22401
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 18.197', W 77° 27.625'

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This nine-inch smooth bore "Dahlgren" gun is one of the few remaining artifacts from the CSS Virginia (formerly known as the USS Merrimack). This gun saw action on March 8, 1862 off of Hampton, Virginia when the Virginia encountered and easily defeated the USS Cumberland and USS Congress. The barrel was damaged by the Cumberland during the battle. The next day the Virginia fought in the now famous battle with the USS Monitor. According to the July 11, 1862 Washington Post, "The battle was considered a draw. Although there was no winner, the battle will be likely to change the course of naval warfare forever."

After the war, the Washington Navy Yard exhibited the gun. From 1960, it was displayed at Dahlgren as a reminder of the base's namesake and the base's continuing commitment to Navy combat readiness.
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Date Added Sunday, September 6th, 2015 at 3:00pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)31N E 166021 N 0
Decimal Degrees38.30328333, -77.46041667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 18.197', W 77° 27.625'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 18' 11.82" N, 77° 27' 37.5" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 216 William St, Fredericksburg VA 22401, US
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