2 April 1862: “These boats may not be heavily plated, but if fitted as rams they would be very formidable against my slight little craft.”

Item description: Report of Commander Rowan, U. S. Navy, regarding the construction by the enemy of three ironclad gunboats.

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Item citation: Official records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion.. Series I, Volume 7. Washington : G.P.O., 1898. C970.75 U58no Ser. I, Vol. 7. North Carolina Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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