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Fort Monroe

Hampton (Independent City), Virginia
County of Hampton (City).
Old Point Comfort
National Register Number: 66000912
Resource type: District.
Property type: Defense - fortification. The threat level was Satisfactory in
Certified Local Government: NO
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Current use/information: Active base; Several museums open..

Statement of Significance (as of designation - December 19, 1960):
Constructed between 1819 and 1834, Fort Monroe was one of the country's major military posts from the time of its establishement; Robert E. Lee, then a lieutenant, played a prominent role in the final stages of its construction. During the Civil War, the fort was a staging area for Union land and naval expeditions. On March 9, 1862, thousands of spectators stood on the ramparts of Fort Monroe to watch the momentous battle between USS MONITOR and CSS VIRGINIA, the first battle in history between ironclad vessels. From May 1865 to May 1867, the fort was the site for the imprisonment of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.

Fort Monroe had approximately $100 million in damage from Hurricane Isabel. A dozen buildings are being deconstructed because the storm damage made it unfeasible to repair them, but they are all non-contributing buildings. Nearly all of the remaining damage is repaired. The things that haven't been repaired yet are items that took more complicated engineering designs, and those are in development or just being implemented.

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