Fort Fisher

Fort Fisher
Fort Fisher, NE Bastion. Frank Vizetelly (National Geographic)

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Union Officers Weigh In on CSS Albemarle's Power: More Formidable Than the Merrimack

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

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