A second-hand report of George P. Spaulding, serving at Newport News during the battle, who reported had a tattoo(?) done to him by one of the Virginia's crew. He served in Co. "C", 4th Reg't of Vt. Volunteers, Second Brigade, Third Division of the 6th Army Corps.
A claim (which I haven't seen except here) that in 1863[sic] a slave Mary Louvestre copied plans of the Virginia before the conversion (which happened in 1861-1862), leading to the building of the Monitor. Their reference is Joe H. Mays, Black Americans and Their Contribution Toward Union Victory in the American Civil War, 1861-1865. 1984. University Press of America, Lanham, Maryland. pp 66-67.
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