The Virginia


These plans for the Virginia show a side view and a top view with the casemate partly cut away. The awkward, 263-foot ship weighed 3,200 tons. She carried eight broadside guns and a bow and stern gun, both designed to pivot and fire through any one off the three ports.


Donovan, Frank R.Ironclads of the Civil War. New York: American Heritage Publishing
Co., 1964. p.16.