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 Posted: Mon Jun 8th, 2009 08:49 pm
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The guns in Fort Monroe would have been irrelevant as the Virginia would have simply sailed on the southern end of Hampton Roads, well out of the range of any guns at Fort Monroe. The ship would have still been in range of Fort Wool (formerly Fort Calhoun) located on a man-made island in Hampton Roads midway between Fort Monroe and Sewells Point (location of the current Norfolk Naval Base). Wool had a Sawyer Rifle with the range to reach Sewells Point and had actually fired the gun at the Virginia but to no effect.

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