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Bring the Virginia to the next generation with this toy battleship! The USS Merrimack was scuttled by the Union Navy on April 20, 1861, when they abandoned Gosport Naval Yard at Portsmouth, Virginia. The next day, the Confederates took control of the yard. They raised the Merrimack's hull and converted the ship into an ironclad. It was commissioned the CSS Virginia on February 17, 1862. The Virginia sank 2 Union wooden warships on March 8,1862, and proved the power of iron over wood. The next day the Virginia fought the USS Monitor to a standstill. This engagement forever changed naval warfare. When Norfolk was abandoned due to an attack organized by President Abraham Lincoln on May 10, 1862, the Confederates were forced to scuttle the CSS Virginia the next day.