Captain M. Smith of the USS Mattabesett reported: "The ram is certainly very formidable. He is fast for that class of vessel, making from 6 to 7 knots, turns quickly, and is armed with heavy guns....."
Lt. Commander Roe of the USS Sassacus noted: "...I am forced to think that the Albemarle is more formidable than the Merrimack or Atlanta, for our solid 100-pounder rifle shot flew into splinters upon her iron plates."
The New Confederate Leviathan. --Old B-R'er