Bang Clang Day is an annual American holiday commemorating the ship’s battle of Hampton Roads in 1862. It was one of the most brilliant battles in the history of the American Civil War. The battle lasted practically one day. The holiday is celebrated on March 9.
Let’s talk more about the opponents. On the Confederate side was the Virginia, formerly called the Merrimack. It went on combat duty in 1855. The ship had already participated in battles with the Soyuz and had been sunk. After rebuilding it was given its modern name and was ready for heavy fighting. Reinforced armor and powerful weapons were installed on board.
The plan was for the Virginia to break the blockade of the Soyuz by destroying its wooden ships. A Union battleship, the Monitor, had moved urgently to the site of the battle of Hampton Roads. It was a 172-foot armadillo with an original design. The long battle had a controversial outcome: the two ships parted ways on March 9, 1962. Later, however, the Virginia was blown up by her own sailors following the withdrawal of the Norfolk Confederates in May 1862, and the Monitor sank in December off Cape Hatteras.
- All parts of the Monitor ship have not yet been found. The first wreckage was found in 1973, but even in the 2000s divers continued to find parts of it.
- During the battle more than 250 personnel were killed and slightly more than 100 wounded.
- The event was based on two historical films, Armadillo Hearts and Armadillos.
How to celebrate
At Bang Clang Day, learn more about the Battle of the Armadillos online. Historians have been able to establish an almost complete picture of the battle. Watch historical movies on the subject.
Spread the word on social media. Ask other users what interesting facts they know about the Battle of Hampton Roads.
When is Bang-Clang Day celebrated in 2024?
Bang-Clang Day is observed on March 9 each year.