Unshuttered ports a saving grace for the Virginia?


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Posted by Mabry Tyson on November 30, 2004 at 13:03:32:

In Reply to: Virginia's shutters on the gun ports posted by Mabry Tyson on March 01, 2003 at 12:34:46:

Jones wrote "[The Cumberland's] fire appeared to have been aimed at our ports. Had it been concentrated at the water-line we would have been seriously hurt, if not sunk. "

This raises the question that if the broadside shutters have been in place, would the Cumberland's experienced officers & crew have directed their fire at the waterline. Without those shutters, the gun ports offered a tempting target!


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