"It is one also that may be rendered destructive at night against the enemy at anchor. Even without guns the ship would, it is believed, be formidable as a ram. Could you pass Old Point and make a dashing cruise in the Potomac as far as Washington, its effect upon the public mind would be important to our cause.
"The condition of our country, and the painful reverses we have just suffered, demand our utmost exertions; and convinced as I am that the opportunity and the means of striking a decisive blow for our navy are now, for the first time, presented, I congratulate you upon it, and know that your judgement and gallantry will meet all just expectations.
"Action, prompt and successful just now, would be of serious importance to our cause."
Strike Now While the Iron Is Hot. --Old B-R'er