US buries two Civil War seamen, 151 years later
AFPWASHINGTON--The remains of two sailors who died aboard a famed US Civil War ship were buried with full military honors on Friday, 151 years after their groundbreaking vessel fought a crucial battle.
March 10, 2013, 12:13 am TWN
The skeletons of the unidentified crew members were recovered in 2002 off the coast of North Carolina, where the Union's USS Monitor went down in a storm in 1862.
The Battle of Hampton Roads saw the Union's Monitor fend off a dramatic attempt by another iron-clad gunboat, the South's CSS Virginia, to break a Union blockade at the Virginia port of Hampton Roads.
After trading cannon fire for hours, the fight ended in a draw with both ships surviving. But the South had failed to break the damaging Union blockade at the Virginia port.
The battle not only shaped the course of the war but ushered in a new era in naval warfare, with ships afterward built from iron and steel instead of wood.