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[40] ship was badly crippled, and my officers and men were worn out with fatigue, but even in this extreme dilemma I determined never to give up the ship to the rebels, and after consulting with my officers I ordered every preparation to be made to destroy the ship after all hope was gone of saving her.

‘On ascending the poop-deck, I observed that the enemy's vessels had changed their course and were heading for Craney Island.’

I have the honor to be, your very obedient servant,

G. J. Van Brunt, Captain U. S. N. Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy.

Assuming, Mr. Editor, the account of Captain Van Brunt to be correct, how does the claim that the Monitor whipped the Merrimac on that occasion stand?


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