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Collection Reference Number GLC03681.03
From Archive Folder Unassociated Civil War Documents 1862 
Title Asa Smith to his mother describing the fight between the Monitor and the Merrimac
Date 11 March 1862
Author Smith, Asa (fl. 1861-1862)  
Document Type Correspondence; Military document
Content Description Continuation of his letter from GLC03861.02 - he numbers the pages 5-8. Goes on to describe the situation involving the Confederate attack near Newport News, as well as the action of the CSS "Merrimac" and USS "Monitor." Says the 20th and 99th New York infantry were sent to deal with a supposed Confederate attack near Newport News. Says "few eyes were closed that night as it was known that troops were advancing from Yorktown and a fight was expected in the morning, very little was said, but many an oath of revenge was registered." Says half the regiment wrote home last night because they thought they would be in a fight. Says they were relieved when they heard the USS "Monitor" arrived during the night. Describes the fight between the "Monitor" and "Merrimac." Reports that the "Monitor" could out sail the "Merrimac." After a 5 hour fight, the "Monitor" won and Smith claims that "If she [the "Monitor"] had not come just as she did, I have no doubt that we should have seen a Richmond prison by this time." Goes on to describes going on picket duty after the duel between the ships. Also describes the troop situation around Newport News.
Subjects Civil War  Military History  Union Forces  Soldier's Letter  Union Soldier's Letter  Navy  Ironclad  Monitor and Merrimac  Confederate States of America  Battle  Maritime  
Place written Camp Hamilton at Newport News, Virginia
Theme The American Civil War; Women in American History; Naval & Maritime
Sub-collection Papers and Images of the American Civil War
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945
Civil War: Recipient Relationship Mother  
Civil War: Theater of War Lower Seaboard Theater and Gulf Approach  
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