|What happens when iron meets iron at sea? Find out by investigating the battle between the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia. Using artifacts, reproduction artifacts, personal correspondence, and historical images, students will gain an understanding of the importance of this ironclad battle to Virginia, the American Civil War, and navies around the world. During the program, students will become detectives who learn about six individuals involved in the history of this battle through a primary source analysis activity. Students will also discover how artifacts from the Monitor wreck site are being conserved here at The Mariners’ Museum and participate in a mock-archaeological excavation of the Monitor’s Dahlgren guns – just like our own conservators!