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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 … Continue reading

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8 June 1863: “I enclose you a plan of the ironclad battery above here, on the Roanoke.”

Item description: Report, dated 8 June 1863, from Lieutenant-Commander C.W. Flusser of the U.S. Navy to Acting Rear-Admiral S.P. Lee of the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron. The letter includes plans acquired by Flusser for a Confederate ironclad ship being built … Continue reading

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19 February 1863: “…you can, cooperating with General Foster’s land force, destroy the rebel ironclads building on the rivers…”

Item description: “Order of Acting Rear-Admiral Lee, U. S. Navy, to Commander Murray, U. S. Navy, to cooperate with land force for the destruction of Confederate ironclads under construction.” To read more from the Official Records of the Union and … Continue reading

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