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The Monitor and the Merrimac

Even in 1862 the Battle of Hampton Roads was recognized as a turning point in history: “Thus terminated the most remarkable naval combat of modern times, perhaps of any age. The fiercest and most formidable naval assault upon the power of the Union which has ever been made by the insurgents was heroically repelled, and a new era was opened in the history of maritime warfare.” 1

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Civil War log hut company kitchen, National Archives

In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War we've created a website devoted to our favorite collections and sources on the Civil War. We'll be slowly adding to this site, including some digitized newspapers and book collections we own. If you have any suggestions or corrections for the website, please contact us at Thanks for your interest and happy searching!