Posted by Mabry Tyson on March 03, 2003 at 11:27:42:
In Reply to: Virginia's shutters on the gun ports posted by Mabry Tyson on March 01, 2003 at 12:34:46:
From the ORN, letter of Tattnall dated April 10
Without reference to the Monitor, however, I think it more than doubtful whether the passage of the forts could be effected by the Virginia at present, for the reason I have already stated to you--the want of port covers to protect the guns and the interior of the ship. In passing such formidable batteries it will be wonderful if a gun be left serviceable.
It is hard to believe that Tattnall would not know whether the shutters were on or not. He was somewhat infirm, but even so, he should have known.
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