By John Lorimer Worden, Samuel Dana Greene, H. Ashton Ramsay
This is often the first-hand tale of what was once performed and obvious and felt on either side within the conflict of the visual display unit and the Merrimac. the particular reports on either vessels are pictured, in a single case via the commander of the display screen, then a lieutenant, and the following in rank, Lieutenant Greene, and within the different via Chief-Engineer Ramsay of the Merrimac. sincerely the sort of checklist of private reviews has a spot on its own within the literature of the topic.
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Mr. Littlepage, inform Paymaster Semple to have a care of the berth-deck and use each precaution opposed to hearth. Mr. Hasker, name away the cutter's team and feature them in readiness. Mr. Lindsay [to the carpenter], sound the good, research the forehold, and document should you locate something incorrect. " Such was once Catesby Ap. R. Jones, the administrative officer of the Merrimac. whilst it was once totally obvious that there has been to be a suspension of hostilities, and those info had all been four forty three THE MERRIMAC AND THE computer screen attended to, a number of of the officials went to face beside Buchanan at the top grating. the full scene was once replaced. A pall of black smoke hung in regards to the ships and obscured the cleancut outlines of the shore. Down the river have been the 3 frigates St. Lawrence, Roanoke, and Minnesota, additionally enveloped within the clouds of conflict that every now and then mirrored the pink lightnings of the god of conflict. The masts of the Cumberland have been sticking out above the water. The Congress offered a poor scene of carnage. The gunboats Beaufort and Raleigh have been signaled to take off the wounded and fireplace the send. They have been pushed away by way of sharpshooters on shore, who abruptly grew to become their hearth on us, although the white flag of the Congress. forty four THE MERRIMAC AND THE video display Buchanan fell, critically wounded within the groin. As he was once being carried lower than he stated to government Officer Jones: "Plug scorching shot into her and do not go away her until eventually she's afire. they have to take care of their very own wounded, due to the fact they may not allow us"—a attribute command while it truly is remembered that his personal brother, McKean Buchanan, was once paymaster of the Congress and may were numbered one of the wounded. We had stored furnaces for the aim of heating shot. They have been rolled into the flames on a grating, rolled out into iron buckets, hoisted to the gun-deck, and rolled into the weapons, which have been ready with wads of rainy hemp. Then the gun will be touched off quick and the forty five THE MERRIMAC AND THE computer screen shot despatched on its errand of destruction. Leaving the Congress wrapped in sheets of flame, we made for the 3 different frigates. The St. Lawrence and Roanoke had run aground, yet have been pulled off by way of tugs and made their break out. The Minnesota used to be now not so lucky, yet we drew twentythree toes of water and will no longer get close to adequate to ruin her, whereas our weapons couldn't be increased as a result of the slender embrasures, and their variety used to be just a mile; so we made for our moorings at Sewall's aspect. the entire night we stood on deck gazing the bright show of the burning send. everything of her was once on fireplace while, the red-tongued flames working up shrouds, masts, and remains, and increasing out to the forty six THE MERRIMAC AND THE display screen yard-arms. She stood in daring aid opposed to the black history, lighting fixtures up the Roads and reflecting her lurid lighting at the bosom of the now placid and hushed waters. at times the flames could achieve one of many loaded cannon and a shell might hiss at random throughout the darkness.