The History of the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel

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The USS Merrimack was commissioned by the Confederacy as CSS Virginia. But even after she was rebuilt, the Union wanted to continue to call her by her original name, Merrimack. Because the Union won the Civil War, US history records the Union version of the name wherever it is mistaken with the Confederate name...
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During a later time in history, the name was shortened, by dropping the "k" which made it, "The Battle of the Monitor and the Merrimac." The community in Montgomery County, near the area where the iron for the Confederate ironclad was forged is now known as Merrimac, Virginia. This is how the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel got its name (Monitor)...
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