Statistics for occurrence #1 of “Secretary Welles” in chapter 1.1 of Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 20.:
Similar orders had been sent to Captain John Marston, United States Navy, at Fort Monroe.
Marston took upon himself the responsibility of disobeying, and kept the Monitor in Hampton Roads.
Had Secretary Welles ' order been obeyed, the Merrimac on the 9th would have captured not only the Minnesota, St. Lawrence and Roanoke, but every vessel that remained inside of Fortress Monroe.
In the engagement of the ...
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