Statistics for occurrence #1 of “Merrimac” in chapter 7, page 137 of James Barnes, author of David G. Farragut, Naval Actions of 1812, Yank ee Ships and Yankee Sailors, Commodore Bainbridge , The Blockaders, and other naval and historical works, The Photographic History of The Civil War: in ten volumes, Thousands of Scenes Photographed 1861-65, with Text by many Special Authorities, Volume 6: The Navy.:
...iffered only from the old wooden line-of-battle ships in the addition of this new protection.
Following this foreign precedent, Lieutenant John M. Brooke, C. S. N., planned to raise the hull of the Merrimac and convert her into an ironclad of original design, which became the standard for all subsequent efforts by the naval constructors of the Confederacy.
It was not till October 4, 1861, four months...
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