USS Leslie (1861)
|Laid down:||date unknown|
|Acquired:||early in 1861|
|Out of service:||1865|
|Homeport:||Washington Navy Yard|
Leslie sails to Washington to warn of the CSS Virginia
On 9 March 1862, Leslie alerted Union naval forces defending Washington, D.C., of the threat from Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia. However, while she steamed to the mouth of the Potomac River with word of Virginia’s brilliantly successful and ominous foray, plucky USS Monitor was fighting the dreaded Confederate ironclad to a standstill and neutralizing the threat to the Union capital.