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December 28, 2012

Civil War ironclad USS Monitor to get Va memorial

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — A memorial is being dedicated to the Civil War ironclad, the USS Monitor, and its crew.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Monitor National Marine Sanctuary and the U.S. Navy will dedicate the memorial at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Hampton National Cemetery.

The USS Monitor was involved in the first clash of iron-armored ships in naval warfare when it took on the Confederate ironclad, the CSS Virginia, in Hampton Roads on March 9, 1862. That battle signaled the end of the era of wooden ships.

The Monitor capsized in a violent storm on Dec. 31, 1862 and sank off Cape Hatteras, N.C. The 16 crew members on board died.

A ceremonial guard from the USS Porter will participate in the dedication.

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