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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 12: fight between the Merrimac and Monitor, March 8, 1862. (search)
rew fighting to the last. Of course as long as the Cumberland kept up her fire the enemy returned it, their shells inflicting death on all sides. Those who had escaped from below were decimated by the merciless shot and shell poured into them by the enemy as they stood crowded together on the spar deck. There is little generosity or sentimentality in war: the object is to kill and wound, and this was too favorable an opportunity to be neglected. In the absence of Com. Radford, Lieut. George N. Morris was in command of the Cumberland, and his heroism inspired his crew to the deeds which they performed on that eventful day. Of the Cumberland's crew one hundred and twenty-one were either killed outright or drowned, while of those saved a large portion were wounded. When the commanding officer of the Congress saw the fate of the Cumberland, and realized how little chance there was for him, he slipped his cable, set his foretopsail and endeavored to get closer in shore so as to ha