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HAMPTON (AP) -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Navy are dedicating a memorial commemorating the USS Monitor and its crew.

Officials are set to dedicate the memorial on Saturday at the Hampton National Cemetery.

The Civil War ironclad made nautical history, fighting in the first battle between two ironclads in the Battle of Hampton Roads on March 9, 1862.

The Monitor's confrontation with the CSS Virginia ended in a draw. The Virginia was the Confederate answer to the Union's ironclad ships.

The Monitor sank about nine months later in rough seas southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C. Sixteen of the Monitor's 52 crew members died.

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