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.
Balloonist Professor Thaddeus Lowe successfully uses the telegraph and flags to direct Union artillery fire against the Confederate position near Falls Church, Virginia.