Statistics for occurrence #1 of “Confederate States” in chapter 33 of Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War.:
The answer to the first hail from the Mercedita was Hello!
The other replies were purposely indistinct, and the stranger crashed into the Federal vessels, with the reply, This is the Confederate States ' steam-ram, Palmetto State.
The order was given to fire, but no gun could be brought to bear on the enemy as she approached.
At the moment of striking, the Palmetto State fired a rifle-shell d...
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