two oval casemates.
The above comprises all that the contract calls for, so far as invulnerability is concerned, and no mention is made of her in this regard, or of her qualities in the report on ‘Armored Vessels,’ 1864.
So far as memory serves, the ‘armor-plating,’ as it was called, was one and a half or two inches thick, and an inner skin of perhaps three-fourths of an inch.
Her role was short, and she would not have proved a success anywhere, whether against forts or ships.
By April 13th all of the monitors had been sent to Port Royal
for repairs, and as fast as finished were sent to North Edisto
, the inland waters of which were contiguous, and actually afforded a better base for menacing or taking Charleston
or Sullivan's Island
Had both of these islands been in possession of the National
would certainly have been a sealed port, but so far as its attack from a land force was concerned, even then an approach from Stono
and North Edisto
would have been more practicable, considering the support derivable from guns afloat.
The admiral had reason to suppose that at any day the monitor force, with the exception of two vessels, would be ordered to the Mississippi
, and so it was held in expectancy.
Definite information was obtained of the approaching readiness of the ram Atlanta
to leave Savannah
, with the intention of sweeping the coast of the weak vessels that for the most part maintained the blockade.
The vessel was reputed strong.
Timely provision was made to meet her by sending the monitors Weehawken
, Captain John Rodgers
commanding, and Nahant
, Commander John Downes
, to Wassaw Sound
, from whence she was expected to come out.
The admiral had the satisfaction of reporting to the Department on June 17th the capture of the Atlanta