Listing of Original Texts

I am attempting to gather the original texts of all the reports from individuals that had particular knowledge about the CSS Virginia and the battles involving her or her crew. Where I have access to text that I may include here, I will (if I have permission to publish). If I don't have the text itself, I will include a pointer to where it may be found. When you click on an off-site pointer, it should appear in a different window to help indicate that the article is not mine. If not, please contact

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Some sites whose links these pages point to are the War Times Journal, eHistory, Civil War Home Page, Shotgun's Home of the American Civil War, and Cornell's Making of America. Please see their pages for other information on the Civil War. These sites, like mine, are making the original sources available for your information.

As of September, 1998, I am still compiling these. Contributions (pointers and text) very welcome! If I don't have access to the originals, I am putting the closest reference I can find.

WARNING! Some of the texts are very graphic in describing injuries inflicted during the war.

Note that the Union forces referred to the CSS Virginia as "Merrimac" or "Merrimack" and the CSS Patrick Henry as the "Yorktown". The CSS Thomas Jefferson was called Jamestown by both sides.

Please note that although the original texts are generally out of copyright, these transcriptions (and most other reprints) are protected by copyright.

If you are a landlubber like me, you might need to refer to the glossary for some of the terms.

Offices and ranks are reported as they were in March, 1862.

link to biblioIndicates a link to the corresponding entry in the bibliography.

Index of Sources:

CSS Virginia Crew

USS Monitor Crew

USS Dragon Crew

USS William Wildon Crew

CSS Beaufort Crew

USS Cumberland Crew

USS San Jacinto Crew

USS Rescue Crew

CSS Patrick Henry Crew

USS Congress Crew

USS Cambridge Crew

USS Mystic Crew

CSS Thomas Jefferson Crew

USS Minnesota Crew

USS Vanderbilt Crew

USS Currituck Crew

CSS Raleigh Crew

USS St. Lawrence Crew

USS Galena Crew

USS Port Royal Crew

Confederate Government & Military

USS Roanoke Crew

US Revenue Steamer 
E. A. Stevens Crew

Other Confederate Sources

USS Zouave Crew

USS Susquehanna Crew

Confederate Newspapers

USS Whitehall Crew

USS Mount Vernon Crew

Other Sources

Other Union Sources

Union Newspapers

HMS Rinaldo Crew

Union Government & Military

Confederate Sources

CSS Virginia Crew

CSS Beaufort Crew

CSS Patrick Henry Crew

CSS Thomas Jefferson Crew

CSS Raleigh Crew

Confederate Government & Military Sources

Other Confederate Sources

Confederate Newspapers


Union Reports

USS Monitor

USS Congress

USS Minnesota

USS Cumberland

USS Cambridge

USS Dragon

USS St. Lawrence

USS Roanoke

USS Vanderbilt

USS Whitehall

USS Zouave

USS Galena

US Revenue Steamer E.A. Stevens

USS San Jacinto

USS Susquehanna

USS William Wildon Crew

USS Rescue Crew

USS Mystic Crew

USS Mount Vernon Crew

USS Currituck Crew

USS Port Royal Crew

Union Government & Military Sources

Other Union Sources

Union Newspapers


Other Witnesses

HMS Rinaldo Crew


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