This fanciful rendering of the historical battle between the two ironclads, the C.S.S. Virginia built from the remains of the U.S.S. Merrimack, and the U.S.S. Monitor during the Battle of Hampton Roads on March 9, 1862, captures the emergence of ironclad steamships as the defining element in a new chapter in naval warfare. The crew of the Virginia, wreaked havoc on several wooden Union vessels on March 8. The duel between the two ironclads on March 9, however, was essentially a draw as neither ship could inflict serious damage on the other. The Battle of Hampton Roads demonstrated the superiority of iron ships and helped end the era of wooden military vessels.