RECORDS OF THE UNION AND CONFEDERATE NAVIES
IN THE WAR OF THE
The following excerpts are drawn from the official navy
records of the American Civil War commonly called the OR which
were published in 1897. The OR is composed of about six large volumes per year
of war, and are extensive. Some of the more interesting features highlight
ironclad operations and reports of the officers who commanded them.
The Hampton Roads Battles of March
8th and 9th, 1862.
Union Navy Records,
October 17, 1861 to March 7, 1862. Covers the construction of the USS
Monitor and the preparations (including spying) of the blockade fleet at
Union Navy Records, Hampton
Roads battles. Union Navy and Army telegrams and reports relating to
the naval battle fought at Hampton Roads on March 8 and 9, 1862. Includes
reports from the steam frigate USS Minnesota and the ironclad USS Monitor.
Confederate Navy Records, September 20,
1861 to March 7, 1862. Covers the rebuilding of the steam frigate USS
Merrimack into the CSS Virginia, her much delayed provisioning and preparations
(also including spying) for the attack on the blockading Union fleet at Hampton
Confederate Navy Records, Report of
Flag-Officer Franklin Buchanan - After-action combat report written by
the commander of the Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia (former USS Merrimack)
after her famous battles at Hampton Roads on March 8 and 9,