Charles leaned over his friend's shoulder enthusiastically. "Merrimack....how come that sounds so familiar?"
An event of historical significance took place today, back in 1861. The Confederate Navy Department received a shipment of armor plate. The planned usage for it was the conversion of the captured U.S.S. Merrimack into an ironclad: the C.S.S. Virginia! The enclosed picture is that of the the Merrimack before her transformation.
Two other Union vessels were taken that day as well, one a blockade runner near North Edisto, South Carolina, and the other a merchant brig, which brig was seized by the C.S.S. Sumter. All in all, it was a day of rejoicing for the Confederate Navy.
I remain your affectionate Grandfather