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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 20. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.1 (search)
ight be on hand to coach the Monitor. The Merrimac drew twenty-three feet of water, and with the exception of the Minnesota, there was no vessel in the Federal fleet that drew as much as fifteen feet. Moreover, they claimed the superiority of the Monitor over the Merrimac—a tact we admitted then, and admit now. Comment is unnecessary. Like Jack Bunsby, let us say: The bearings of this observation lays in the application on it, and dismiss the subject with the observation of the Marquis of Montrose— He either fears his fate too much, Or his deserts are small That dares not put it to the touch, To gain or lose it all. The destruction of the Merrimac by the Confederates. The conference in Norfolk of May 9th as to the disposal of the Merrimac had resulted in the decision that the Merrimac was then employed to best advantage, and that she should continue for the present to protect Norfolk, and thus afford time to remove the public property. Commodore Tatnall upon this joined his s