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Text for Page 092 [03-29-1862]

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	  The �Monitor� and �Merrimac.�
to the strangeness of the craft.     When we returned
on deck the crew were going to dinner and the
little tug that had brought us on board had return-
ed with a fugitive negro from Norfolk, sent to be
questioned by Capt. Jeffries.   He described the state
of things in the city, told what he knew, and possi-
bly more, of the condition of the Merrimac and
we left him on board.            The Captain, I thought,
appeared not too anxious to risk another battle
with the famous �rebel monster.�   Had she come
out I believe it had been decided that everything
naval was to bear down on and try to sink her.
The scare about the Merrimac extended to the big
northern cities, there were actually fools in New York
who suggested the blocking up of the harbor by sinking
stones in it (after the fashion of the abortive Charles-
ton atrocity) to keep out the all-dreaded �Virginia�
as the Confederates called her.   While we were
on the Monitor, a transport loaded with troops
arrived and cheered us lustily.   Some of these
overfreighted vessels went certainly within range
of the guns on the hostile shore opposite; it was
a constant wonder to me that we did not hear
of a cannon-ball from Sewell�s Point going smash
into a boiler, scalding some hundreds of men
and perhaps drowning more.       Ashore and to
the Hygeia.     A letter from Boweryem with
gossip about 132 Bleecker.     The Leahys gone.               
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