Trying to find battle reports in the Official Records can be frustrating. Here’s a quick reference guide for using the Official Records of the War of the Rebellion aka Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies to aid your efforts.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for your interest and happy searching!