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Daily Archives: February 17, 2012

“….and VIRGINIA was her name…”

The old Merrimack had undergone a transformation at Gosport. Though there was still work to be done, Flag Officer French Forrest wanted to launch and rechristen the new ironclad.  And so, on February 17, 1862, with very little fanfare, the Merrimack  got her new name. Workmen continued to pound away during the ceremony. William Cline, who […]

Ironclad Intellectuals

On the anniversary of the naming of the Virginia, it would seem appropriate to comment on the Hampton Roads area; the battle in the Chesapeake immortalized our humble home after all.  However, if you had been flipping through the New York Times on February 17, 1862, you would have happened upon the article “The Meaning […]