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The “Maratanza

As a consort of the “Virginia” ( “Merrimac” ), this little converted tug-boat was not afraid in the famous battle in Hampton Roads. Later, no longer under the protecting wing of her huge ironclad leader, she met the “Monitor” and the “Maratanza” near Haxall's, on the James River, July 4, 1862. The little vessel had run aground and was forced to engage her superior antagonists. She opened fire and put a shot into the wheel-house of the “Maratanza,” whose answering fire at the third shot exploded a shell in the boiler of the “Teaser.” Lieutenant Hunter Davidson and her crew escaped to shore. In the captured vessel were found despatches from which the Federals gleaned valuable information.

Deck of C. S. S. “Teaser” after her capture by the “Maratanza

The “Maratanza” : after her exploit


 

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