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Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 1. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book V:—the first winter. (search)
ed by Lieutenant Worden; the Merrimac, which had just been named the Virginia, by Captain Buchanan, a former officer of the Federal navy. On quitting the mouth of the James River with Burnside, Commodore Goldsborough had left there, under Captain Marston, the largest ships of his squadron, whose draught of water prevented them from steering through the Hatteras passes. This division, which was very strong, from the number of its guns, but not on account of their calibre, and which was moreole to perform any evolution, consisted of two old sailing frigates, the Congress and St. Lawrence, the sailing sloop of war Cumberland, and the two steam frigates Roanoke and Minnesota, sisters of the Merrimac. But the Roanoke, which carried Captain Marston's pennant, was deprived, by the breaking of her horizontal shaft, of the use of her machinery. The last three vessels alone were well armed with Dahlgren howitzers of twenty-four centimetres calibre. For some time past the Federals had b