Confederates and Federals are both reluctant to commit significant forces.
The first battle of ironclad ships takes place in Hampton Roads with the Monitor and Virginia fighting to a draw.
In January 1862, legendary ship designer John Ericsson completes construction on the U.S.S. Monitor, the U.S. Navy’s first ironclad warship.
The beginning of the Civil War coincided with the emergence of a new technology that would revolutionized communications both in civilian life and on the battlefield.