March 19 1862 - Dr Kershner from Clear Spring attacked by Merrimac
Dr. E. A. Kershner.
-—This young gentleman, son of our esteemed friend, Mr. Gustavus Kershner, of the Clearspring District, held the position of Assistant Surgeon on board the United States ship Cumberland, when she was attacked and destroyed by the iron-clad monster, Merrimac, of the rebel navy. Lieut. George M. Morris, Executive officer of the Cumberland, in his official report of the engagement, thus alludes to the Surgeon and Assistant Surgeon :—
“Among the last to leave the ship were Surgeon Martin and Assistant Surgeon Kershner, who did all they could for the wounded promptly and faithfully,”
We understand that Dr. Kershner passed through this place on his way home last week, where he will remain a short time. The perils of a battle on land are as nothing in comparison with those which the crew of the Cumberland encountered, and we are gratified to learn that our young friend parsed through them in safety, and has been honorably mentioned for his bravery and devotion to duty under such trying circumstances.
Herald of Freedom & Torch Light
The Merrimac is more correctly known, at the time of this battle, as the C.S.S. Virginia. The U. S.S. Merrimack had been captured and rebuilt by the Confederates as an ironclad and renamed the Virginia. The fact that the battle at Hampton Roads is often called the battle of "the Merrimack and the Monitor" rather than "the Virginia and the Monitor" may be because much of the press coverage was by Union newspapers and magazines who, along with the Union military, may have knowingly continued to use the prior name of the ship rather than her proper name. See Virginia, Merrimack, or Merrimac?
Washington County Free Library
Hagerstown (Md.), Newspapers; Maryland, History, Civil War, 1861-1865
Washington County (Md.), 1861-1865