Acting Master Edward F. Devens of the USS Vincennes observed: "From the appearance of the Richmond's side in the vicinity of the hole, I should say that the ram had claws or hooks attached to her... for the purpose of tearing out the plank from the ship's side.. It is the most destructive invention... Manassas resembles in shape, a cigar cut lengthwise, and very low in the water.
"She must be covered with railroad iron as all shells which struck her glanced off, some directly at right angles. You could hear the shot strike quite plainly. They did not appear to trouble her much as she ran up the river at a very fast rate."
Go Manassas. --Old B-R'er