|Earth Pre-Federation Database - CSS Virginia (Merrimac)|
|The CSS Virginia was an American ironclad that was in service with the Confederate States Navy in the mid-19th century. In the American Civil
War, the Virginia took part in the historic Battle of Hampton Roads, the first battle between ironclad vessels, when it stood off against the United States Navy USS
A painting depicting this battle was stored in the USS Enterprise's library computer in 2254, and was among the materials viewed by the Talosians when they scanned the Enterprise computer.
TOS "The Cage"
The USS Merrimac, mentioned multiple times in TNG, was named after the ship's original title as a United States Navy frigate.
Text from the Memory Alpha, the free Star Trek reference
Original Merrimac. Built in Boston Mass 1855. Burned at Norfolk Apr 19th 1861.
Rebuilt as an Ixon Clad Jan 1862 and Renamed Virginia. Combat with the Monitor March 9th 1862.
Burned in the James River May 11th 1862.