17 September 1863: “Our force of wooden vessels in the sounds, necessarily of light draft and lightly armed, will by no means be adequate to contend against the rebel ram and battery…”

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.”


To read more from the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, click here.

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.

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