Battle between the C.S.S. Virginia and the U.S.S. Monitor, Hampton
Roads, Va., March 9, 1862.
Engraved in 1863 by J. Davies from a
drawing by C. Parsons.
These pages are dedicated in the memory of my
great-grandfather, Catesby ap Roger Jones, the
Executive Officer of the Virginia who was in command during
the battle with the Monitor. For more information on him,
please see the web
page for him.
To that brave and
intelligent officer Lieutenant Catesby Jones, the executive
and ordnance officer of the
Virginia, I am
greatly indebted for the success achieved. His constant
attention to his duties in the equipment of the ship; his
intelligence in the instruction of ordnance to the crew, as
proved by the accuracy and effect of their fire, some of the
guns having been personally directed by him; his tact and
management in the government of raw recruits; his general
knowledge of the executive duties of a man-of-war, together
with his high-toned bearing, were all eminently conspicuous,
and had their fruits in the admirable efficiency of the
conduct such as his (and I do not know that I have used
adequate language in describing it) entitles an officer to
promotion, I see in the case of Lieutenant Jones one in all
respects worthy of it.
Flag Officer Franklin Buchanan, C.S. Navy
March 27, 1862
Report on the battle against the Monitor
to the Secretary of the Navy
Every web site has its own unique signature. This site's highlights
are its compilation of historical documents and the
bibliography. Whether you are a serious student of
the Civil War or just a high school student needing to write a paper,
the information is here. (Warning: some of the texts are perhaps too
graphic for young children.) Remember as you read the articles, each
author (including me!) had his own viewpoint and has his own
interpretation. Especially during wartime and shortly thereafter,
there were reasons to present one side of a story.
Maybe some day I'll add the fancy graphics and animation that
catch people's eyes. But they don't change the facts of history.
Historical Documents: More than 380 are in the index, of which about 250 are online (about 50 within this site).
Bibliography: Approximately 420 items (mostly distinct from the historical documents), including books, videos, and sound recordings.
Virginia crew: Approximately 500 names are listed of men reported to be on the Virginia. Only about 300 were in the battle. Another 67 men are listed from the other Confederate ships.
Monitor and USN crews: The site lists approximately 240 USN crewmen listed of which 111 are from the Monitor.
Links and images: In the approximately 250 web pages at this site, there are over 1000 links and approximately 450 images. I use Adobe GoLive to manage the web pages and I keep the links accurate by using Linklint to check for broken links weekly. These statistics include private pages that aren't available to the public.
NEWS AND CHANGES
News and recent changes to the site. For more details, see recent
Due to the rapid deterioration of the USS Monitor, the decision was made to recover what is possible.
I wish to thank all those people and organizations around the web
who make information available to the rest of the world. Rather than
my listing them here, you will see their names throughout these
Some of the images and icons that you will see on these pages are
not part of these pages. Your browser will load them directly
from their original source. In all cases, the text will indicate the
source. I also have tried to make sure that any foreign pages that
are linked will appear in a different window than this frame.
When you are done looking at those pages, close that window rather
than clicking “BACK” in order to get back to this frame.
These pages are under construction. As other information becomes
available, I plan to incorporate it. My goal is to collect and make
easily accessible all the words of all the participants, witnesses,
and any others that may have special knowledge of the CSS
Virginia and the events in which she was involved.
Web pages are different than books. I might not yet allow this to
be published if it were a book as I'd want to “complete” it. But as a
web page, I can make it public as it is and improve it over time.
TECHNICAL DETAILS - TABLES,
MEMORY, LIST OF PAGES
There are a number of tables in these pages. If your browser can't
handle them, I apologize.
Some of the pages included here are very large. The page of images
is at least 250KB. The tables in the Muster roll page occupy about
50KB. On Macintoshes, you may need to adjust the memory allocated to
I have strived to be both complete and accurate. If you spot anything missing or
anything that is incorrect, please contact
. I would very much appreciate pointers to information available around the internet.
SPECIAL NOTE FOR STUDENTS AND
Students below the university or college level have our permission to use any of the material on these pages in school reports as long as they are not sold. You must indicate the source of the material and that it is copyrighted (eg, “Copyrighted by Mabry Tyson and Martha H. Tyson as found on the CSS Virginia Home Page at http://cssvirginia.org”). Likewise, teachers may use these materials for teaching students below the university or college level. University and college students and all others should contact Mabry Tyson (
) with any request to use the material.
We have provided a large amount of material on these web pages in
a convenient form that will save you many hours of research. I hope
that you will find it useful and that you are able to compose a
high-quality report of your own from the material here. For any
students who might want a shortcut for preparing a paper, you won't
find it here. The raw materials are here but you will have to craft
them into your own explanation of the events. I saw one “report” on
this event at a site of student reports that was seriously in error
We have provided a challenging list of
research projects that might give you ideas for your own
report. If it is convenient, we would be pleased if you would send us
an electronic copy of your report. If you are willing, we may post it
on the site.