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ram Tennessee, claimed as invulnerable, and the monitors, Admiral Porter attributes the highest merit of all to a Massachusetts officer, Commander (now admiral) Nicholson of the Manhattan, who alone pierced by his shot the formidable armor of the Tennessee. The charge for the fifteen-inch gun, as regulated by the Bureau of Ordnance, was only thirty-five pounds of powder; but Captain Nicholson nearly doubled it, using sixty-five pounds, taking the responsibility of bursting the gun, but proving in fact that it could bear that charge for a limited number of rounds. The result was that he pierced the armor of the ram and dispelled the illusion of Buchanan and his men,—that their ram was invulnerable. Porter's Naval History of the Civil War, p. 594. Compare p. 578 (the only shot which penetrated). In Captain Nicholson's report (p. 584) he claims four shots from the Manhattan as doing most of the real injuries she [the Tennessee] has sustained. Xii. Operations in North Carolina.