Saturday, July 28, 2012

The rebels have displayed great cunning . . .

. . . 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

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