BlueJacket CSS Virginia



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BlueJacket CSS Virginia

The CSS Virginia, also known as the Merrimack, was a Confederate ironclad warship that played a significant role in the American Civil War. Here is a brief overview of the CSS Virginia in the 1800s:

The CSS Virginia was originally a steam frigate named the USS Merrimack that was commissioned by the United States Navy in 1856. At the beginning of the Civil War in 1861, the Union Navy scuttled the Merrimack in an effort to prevent its capture by Confederate forces. However, the Confederates raised the ship and began converting it into an ironclad warship.

The CSS Virginia was one of the first ironclad warships ever built and featured an innovative design for naval warfare. Its wooden hull was covered in iron plates, and it was armed with an impressive array of cannons, including rifled and smoothbore guns.

The CSS Virginia is most famous for its participation in the Battle of Hampton Roads, which took place on March 8-9, 1862. During the battle, the Confederate ironclad engaged the Union ironclad USS Monitor in a historic naval duel. The battle marked the first meeting in combat of ironclad warships and revolutionized naval warfare.

After the Battle of Hampton Roads, the CSS Virginia continued to be a threat to Union naval forces in Virginia waters. However, the ship was eventually scuttled and destroyed by its own crew on May 11, 1862, to prevent its capture by advancing Union forces.

The CSS Virginia’s engagement with the USS Monitor at the Battle of Hampton Roads had a lasting impact on naval warfare. The battle demonstrated the effectiveness of ironclad warships in combat and led to the development of more advanced armored vessels in the years that followed.

The CSS Virginia remains a symbol of innovation and ingenuity in naval design during the Civil War era. Its legacy as a pioneering ironclad warship continues to be remembered and studied by historians, naval enthusiasts, and visitors to maritime museums where replicas or remnants of the ship may be displayed.

BlueJacket CSS Virginia Kit

This kit is intended for those who are somewhat new to the hobby. It contains a pre-carved basswood hull, cast Britannia fittings, and many other fittings needed to complete this historic vessel. It is important to note that some pictured items may have been built with optional items not included as part of standard kits, such as pedestals, bases, cases, paint, etc.

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Weight 5 lbs