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Collection Reference Number GLC03681.02
From Archive Folder Unassociated Civil War Documents 1862 
Title Asa Smith to his mother on the state of Union forces following a fight with the Merrimac
Date 10 March 1862
Author Smith, Asa (fl. 1861-1862)  
Document Type Correspondence; Military document
Content Description Not signed by Asa Smith. Says they are to remain there because of the "Monitor" and that if they can get through tonight they will be secure. Describes the sinking of the "Cumberland" and the burning of the "Congress" by the "Merrimac." Says the broadside from the Union ships "glanced off without doing much of any damaged and this seemed to satisfy them that our vessels could not hurt them." Says the "Cumberland" went down gloriously, firing her aft guns as the bow went under. Report that "During the evening or camp was full of sailors, and they were the hardest looking set of men I ever saw[,] many of them covered with blood." Says he saw one of the captains of the guns on the Congress and that he was covered head to foot in blood and that there were clots of brains spattered on his face.
Subjects Civil War  Military History  Union Forces  Soldier's Letter  Union Soldier's Letter  Navy  Ironclad  Monitor and Merrimac  Confederate States of America  Battle  Death  Injury or Wound  Maritime  
Place written Camp Hamilton at Newport News, Virginia
Theme The American Civil War; Women in American History; Naval & Maritime; Health & Medicine
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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