The Monitor and the Merrimack: Both Sides of the Story by John Lorimer Worden, Samuel Dana Greene, H. Ashton Ramsay

By John Lorimer Worden, Samuel Dana Greene, H. Ashton Ramsay

This is often the first-hand tale of what was once performed and visible and felt on both sides within the conflict of the visual display unit and the Merrimac. the particular studies on either vessels are pictured, in a single case by way of the commander of the video display, then a lieutenant, and the following in rank, Lieutenant Greene, and within the different via Chief-Engineer Ramsay of the Merrimac. sincerely one of these checklist of private reviews has a spot on its own within the literature of the topic.

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Decided how I would fight her in I would keep the Monitor moving in a circle just large enough to give time for loading the guns. At the point where the circle impinged upon the Merrimac our guns should be fired, and loaded while we were moving around the circuit. 2 11 Evi- THE MONITOR AND THE MERRIMAC dently the Merrimac would return the compliment every time. At our second exchange of shots, she returning six or eight to our two, another of her large shells struck our 'plank-shear' at its angle, and tore up one of the deck-plates, as you see.

Our crew was summoned to the gun-deck, and Buchanan addressed us: "Sailors, in a few minutes you will have the long-looked-for opportunity of showing your devotion to 34 THE MERRIMAC AND THE MONITOR our cause. Remember that you are about to strike for your country and your homes. The Confederacy expects every man to do his duty. " Every terse, burning word is engraved on my memory, though fifty years have passed since they were spoken. Just as he had finished, the mess caterer touched my elbow and whispered: "Better get your lunch now, Mr.

I am going to ram the Cumberland," said my commander. "I'm told she has the new rifled guns, the only ones in their whole fleet we have cause to fear. The moment we are 31 THE MERRIMAC AND THE MONITOR in the Roads I'm going to make right for her and ram her. How about your engines? They were in bad shape in the old ship, I understand. Can we rely on them? " "She will have to travel some ten miles down the river before we get to the Roads," I said. "If any trouble develops I'll report it. " I watched the machinery carefully as we sped down the Elizabeth River, and soon satisfied myself that all was well.

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