Pittsburgh Streets

Merrimac Street

Neighborhood: Mount Washington

Named for the USS Merrimack, famous for being the hull upon which the Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia was built during the American Civil War. The Virginia went on to fight the USS Monitor (eponym of Monitor Street) in the Battle of Hampton Roads, the first engagement between ironclad warships.[1, 2]

References

[1]Fleming, George T. “Names recall Civil War heroes: Soldiers of national and local fame well commemorated in Pittsburgh: Battles also live.” Pittsburgh Gazette Times, May 30, 1915, fifth section, p. 2. Newspapers.com 85758872.

[2]Regan, Bob. The Names of Pittsburgh: How the city, neighborhoods, streets, parks and more got their names. The Local History Company, Pittsburgh, 2009, p. 60. ISBN 978-0-9770429-7-5.