Last week I traveled from the birthplace of the Monitor to the point of land closest to her final resting place, passing over the scene of her March 9 debut in the process. What struck me was this: her story is not for one place – it is a story that touches so many places, and still resonates in so many lives. From Buffalo to Baltimore, Gothenburg to Washington, Portsmouth to London, Greenpoint to Hatteras – and many other points in between, the Monitor - and of course, the Virginia (for how could you have the Monitor without the Virginia?) – still have stories to tell.
As we are now fully ensconced in the sesquicentennial of these two ironclads, I thought I would offer a few images from my own travels along the Monitor Trail. Enjoy!