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wer Mississippi (J.) C. S. steamer Louisiana. Off Fort Jackson, April 23, 1862. General J. K. Duncan, commanding Coast Defences, Fort Jackson: Sir: I enclose herewith a copy of a communication received on the twenty-first inst., from Captain Stevenson, from which you will perceive that, notwithstanding General Lovell's order to him, this letter so qualifies my authority as to relieve me from all responsibility as to the movements of the vessels of the river fleet under his command. I xecuted if practicable, and I undertake to be responsible for their efficiency when required. I suppose this is all that is intended by the order of Major-General Lovell, or that will be expected from me by you. Respectfully yours, &c., John A. Stevenson, Senior Captain, commanding.River Fleet at Fort Jackson. Our signals should be made to assimilate at once. Captain Renshaw and myself could arrange this if you wish, as no doubt but you are greatly fatigued, and still much to do and a
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 30. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.21 (search)
of this land to another, and teachers have impressed and continue to impress upon their pupils. But it is not true history. Designed conjointly by Captain John A. Stevenson and Captain Charles W. Austin, and constructed and commanded by the latter, the Confederate ram Manassas was the first ironclad ever built. Captain Austwould never have submitted his plans for the cheese box on a raft. The first ironclad, the Enoch Train, a towboat on the Mississippi river, was purchased by Mr. Stevenson before the Federals had been driven from the field of Bull Run. It was a powerful vessel, with twin screws, and mammoth engines for a craft of its size. One cognized. Upon similar lines the Merrimac was built on the Atlantic coast, and the Monitor was evolved from the brain of a Scandinavian. Captain Austin and Captain Stevenson had won their victory in more ways than one. They had taught the scoffing world a lesson, and in doing so developed a hero for the Southern States whose rec