The Story of the Confederate States' Ship "Virginia" (once Merrimac): Her Victory Over the Monitor : Born March 7th, Died May 10th, 1862

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John B. Piet, 1879 - Confederate States of America - 29 pages
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Page 18 - ... distinction. She was led into society, and they tried by all kinds of occupation and amusement to dissipate her grief, and wean her from the tragical story of her loves.
Page 13 - He that fights and runs away, will live to fight another day.
Page 19 - Dear Duff, I pr'ythee, contradict thyself, And say, it is not so. Re-enter MACBETH and LENOX. Macb. Had I but died an hour before this chance, I had liv'da blessed time; for, from this instant, There's nothing serious in mortality : All is but toys : renown, and grace, is dead ; The wine of life is drawn, and the mere lees Is left this vault to brag of.
Page 6 - Sailors : — In a few moments you will have the long expected opportunity for showing your devotion to our cause. Remember that you are about to strike for your country, for your wives, your children, your homes, for the right. Beat to quarters.
Page 18 - ... unprotected, and a slight blow from her stem would have disabled both and ended the fight. Every time the Virginia went to cruise in the Roads under Tatnall we bade her an affectionate good-by, we never expected to see her again. In short, considering that at noon on March 8, 1862, the Monitor was by immense odds the most formidable vessel of war on this planet...
Page 23 - OUR bugles sang truce, for the night-cloud had lowered, And the sentinel stars set their watch in the sky; And thousands had sunk on the ground over-powered The weary to sleep, and the wounded to die.
Page 8 - We soon descry a strange-looking iron tower, sliding over the waters toward us, and we dash at it. It is the Monitor, which during the previous night had come in from sea, and which by the light of the burning Congress had been seen and reported by one of our pilots.
Page 17 - ... water-line, where there was no protection whatever for the hull (for be it remembered that she had no knuckle), they would have gone through her as if she had been of paper. A fighting, wide-awake seaman makes the enemy's water-line his first target, and that proving invulnerable, the guns and the guns
Page 5 - The truth was that the ship was not weatherly enough to move in Hampton Roads at all times with safety, and she never could have been moved more than three hours
Page 10 - But lo ! our enemy has hauled off into shoal water, where she is as safe from our ship as if she were on the topmost peak of the Blue Ridge. Ten feet of water against twenty-two. The smoke from our gun was yet floating lazily away when Catesby Jones remarked to the writer : " The destruction of those wooden vessels was a matter of course, but in not capturing that iron-clad, I feel as if we had done nothing...

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