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The crew of the Merrimac.

Why not put the crew of the Merrimac at once to the defence of the river batteries? It is bad enough to deprive these heroic seamen of their good old ship, without reducing them to the necessity of shouldering a musket. The only compensation is to give them a chance at the batteries. They know all about big guns. There is no terror in the name of gunboat to them. We invoke the Government at once to put these experienced gunners and veteran artillerists at the strongest fortifications we have on the river.

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