diameter: 30.9mm (1 3/16 in.)
Bronze struck medal with obverse showing view of naval battle; legend: "THE FIRST BATTLE BETWEEN IRON CLAD WAR VESSELS." Reverse within laurel border legend: "THE REBEL STEAMER / MERRIMAC, / WITH / 12 GUNS, / DEFEATED BY THE / UNION STEAMER / MONITOR, / WITH / 2 GUNS, / IN HAMPTON Rds, MAR.9, 1862." Type and images worn.
Gift of the Naval History Society, 1925
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