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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 19. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The Virginia, or Merrimac: her real projector. (search)
ain the date of publication. He replied as follows: ten-mile Mill, S. C., August 10, 1887. I find that all the files of the Charleston Mercury are in the Charleston library, and not one paper missing. There is a great deal said about the Virginia and her fights, and I find the letter you refer to was published in the Mercury dated March 19th, 1862, no date given to the writing of the same. You have an exact copy, as quoted to me in your letter of August 3d. * * Yours truly, Joseph A. Yates. The order of date of publication of the three extracts from Mr. Porter's letters is reversed in Scharf's history. My note-book, kept at that time, contains, under date of March 20th, 1862, this remark: Several papers have published articles from the Norfolk Day-Book, giving the credit of the plan of the Merrimac to John L. Porter. The extraordinary character of this extract fixed it in my memory as the first in which Mr. Porter was brought before the public. It attracted at