1 August 1862: “Merrett is an old man-of-warsman; his discipline, courage, and patriotism would not brook inaction when his ship was in actual battle.”

Item description: “Letter from Commander Woodhull, U. S. Navy, to Commodore Wilkes, U. S. Navy, commending Gunner’s Mate John Merrett for devotion to duty in engagement at Harrison’s Landing.”

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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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