Transcribed from The Valley Spirit, October 16, 1861, Chambersburg, PA, page 4.


Wednesday, Oct. 9, 1861.

There are but few changes to note in reference to the war.  We learn, by the way of Washington, that the frigate Merrimac, which was sunk at the burning of the Norfolk Navy Yard has been raised, strengthened and armed by the Confederates, who have had the audacity to make a trial trip in her, almost within gun shot of Fortress Monroe. It is reported that the Merrimac is expected to become a formidable opponent when put in order for battle.

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