Item description: “Letter of the Secretary of the Navy to the Secretary of War requesting that army forces be employed to destroy the Confederate ram building on the Roanoke River.”
In this letter, the Secretary of the Navy (U.S.), Gideon Welles, requests from the Secretary of War, Edwin M. Stanton, and the United States Army assistance in destroying “a ram and an ironclad floating battery” that was believed to be under construction at “Edwards Ferry, near Weldon, on the Roanoke River.”
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Item citation: Official records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion.. Series I, Volume 9. Washington : G.P.O., 1899. C970.75 U58no Ser. I, Vol. 9. North Carolina Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.