. . . in respect to the Merrimac. They have taken great pains to produce the impression that she had proved a failure, and thus to put the Federal commanders off their guard. And this trick succeeded perfectly, for she was generally considered a failure, and no fears were entertained that she could do any serious damage, consequently no care was taken to prevent such a disaster as occurred on Saturday.
– Published in The Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, March 22, 1862, p. 1