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April 23 1862 - Local man describes naval battle

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The Cumberland and Merrimac.

In another part of this paper, we give an account of the naval engagement between the Federal vessel Cumberland and the iron-clad rebel monster Merrimac, which took place some time ago, and in which the former, after a heroic resistance, was sunk. In these exciting times, when one startling event follows another in rapid succession, it is rather late to publish an account of this engagement, but as it was prepared by our young friend Dr. E. A Kershner, of the Clearspring District, who was Assistant Surgeon on board the Cumberland, and one of the few survivors of her gallant crew, it will doubtless be read with deep interest by his numerous friends in this county.


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?


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Washington County Free Library

Hagerstown (Md.), Newspapers; Maryland, History, Civil War, 1861-1865

Washington County (Md.), 1861-1865

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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