The Monitor and the Merrimack: Both Sides of the Story
John Lorimer Worden, Samuel Dana Greene, H. Ashton Ramsay
This is the first-hand story of what was done and seen and felt on each side in the battle of the Monitor and the Merrimac. The actual experiences on both vessels are pictured, in one case by the commander of the Monitor, then a lieutenant, and the next in rank, Lieutenant Greene, and in the other by Chief-Engineer Ramsay of the Merrimac. Clearly such a record of personal experiences has a place by itself in the literature of the subject.
THE MONITOR AND THE MERRIMAC BOTH S I D E S OF THE STORY TOLD BY LIEUT. J. L. WORDEN, U.S.N. LIEUT. GREENE, U.S.N. Of THE MONITOR AND H. ASHTON RAMSAY, C.S.N. CHIEF ENGINEER OP THE MERRIMAC ILLUSTRATED HARPER & BROTHERS PUBLISHERS NEW YORK AND LONDON MCMXII THE MONITOR AND THE MERRIMAC TOLD BY LIEUT. J. L. WORDEN, U.S.N. LIEUT. GREENE, U.S.N. OF THE MONITOR AND H. ASHTON RAMSAY, C.S.N. CHIEF ENGINEER OF THE MERRIMAC All rights reserved, which include the right to reproduce.
Able to rejoin his vessel. 1 All leaves THE MONITOR AND THE MERRIMAC of absence had been revoked, the absentees had returned, and were ready to welcome their captain. President Lincoln, Captain Fox, and a limited number of Captain Worden's personal friends had been invited to his informal reception. Lieutenant Greene received the President and the guests. He was a boy in years—not too young to volunteer, however, when volunteers were scarce, and to fight the Merrimac during the last half of.
No sleep on board the Monitor. "In the gray of the early morning we saw a vessel approaching, which our friends on the Minnesota said was the Merrimac. Our fastenings were cast off, our machinery started, and we moved out to meet her half-way. We had come a long way to fight her, and did not intend to lose our opportunity. "Before showing you over the vessel, let me say that there were three possible of weakness in the 8 points THE MONITOR AND THE MERRIMAC Monitor, two of which might.
Controversies which vii INTRODUCTION this battle has involved. As to the first use of armor, we know that France experimented with floating armored batteries in the Crimean War, and England had armored ships before 1862. As to the invention of the movable turret, which has been a bone of contention, the pages of Colonel Church's Life of John Ericsson and other books are open to the curious. The struggle of Ericsson to obtain official recognition, the raising of money, the hasty equipment.
Sent on its errand of destruction. Leaving the Congress wrapped in sheets of flame, we made for the three other frigates. The St. Lawrence and Roanoke had run aground, but were pulled off by tugs and made their escape. The Minnesota was not so fortunate, but we drew twentythree feet of water and could not get near enough to destroy her, while our guns could not be elevated owing to the narrow embrasures, and their range was only a mile; so we made for our moorings at Sewall's Point. All the.