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749 > Page 749 of Battles and leaders of the Civil War (vol. 1)... : being for the most part contributions by Union and Confederate officers : based upon "The Century War series" / edited by R.U. Johnson and C.C. Clough Buel.

NEGOTIATIONS FOR THE BUILDING OF THE "MONITOR." 749 remarks of cait, n br of the board. I then went to 111Y hotel 1lillti - slaIlgllIl of Nhircems, Iut ilnly to Is' dililp- polinted oln tile followilng day. For during ttie hours fol- Iiwilig thc lust session, 1 found that the air had been thick with b'roalkiin4g that the dlepurtinent was abolit to fattier soother lrison fallur-. Ni-ver wa. I Inure active thali tuw Iii til effort to prove that Ericsaon habd erer tussle a fhilar; that, oil the nolitra-y, hi hld iluilt far thi (i-Iv runhi-lI till' tirat tMea.i swar-propell- e.Vr iiiadl'; tbat thle IburstIig uf thle gun w.llal faIlt of hi. lbit of tIll- stII. wiltlh had ..ot tI- muade strong eiiiiugii to pirevent it. flaltt-ntig 1up wit), till llrea-llrc of the exp-loioi lleilit .t .it, aking tie b urstijx of the gun. tiiabntiate ; tillt illI pr-Irlilciple Was : trilinitl- aIt sli-es- I, ht tIihat no notal haul yet belo foltild to utilize it ol. II large -alIle. I alleceeleit ut leuigtt iii get- ting AdIli.rais Sliith uiid I It'otdiag to loinflae to AMgii a repairt alviiagig thll tulltlildg of one trial bilttry, I- ridle Captlaill ilavia W lIll illdil with thleu. n11 gnilgWtll tlii, T was illforlileli thiit t lilhigit I take the little thihg home alid wlorahip it, 1. it w-ldilid not 1bl Ilhlatry, becaliae It wIan n111111 iii the IlilIl if If ilotlilll hig the heaven alove or on the elirth. below or In the waters uadir tie earth.' One thing oIlV yet relealneil which It waa loaiile to do: this was to g-t Erhiiaoii to e...iie to Washington asd pl-el tihe ease hillulIslf. This I was soure woiid wit the ca., aiiil a illInflrmet yoii, for Erisason is a full elcc-tric buttery lnhi if-If. Yoil at ouica pr fiaml to have a miet- ing In your room if I i-iilad sldeecd In iducing hlii ti coue. This --.e cxnti-i'iiiigly doltiltful, for so badly had hl- been trec.tiduh lld lninimrmcfully maligne iltl regard to the Prioeft that he hail reelitedly declared that he wvilld never aet foot In Waahington again. "Neverthtei-aa I appehlred at hhi hous.e the next mum- ing preclacly lIt 9 il'loi-k, and heard hli aharp greeting: ' Well I Hlow is it I Itloriol,' smlaid 1. ' Go on, gil Ol' saul he with i.lili. impatienni'. I What did thiy say ' 'Admiral MHilitil says it is worthy of the getis of an Ericon ' Tile pridi fairly gleamed in lila eyes. ' But lailildilg-whlat did hi' say oft It I ' Hi said," Its majt the thiig to ciliar thie Ri'b' of Charleston with."' 'How ationt D-vis I tie tlqri-d. aa I ppc-ar-4 to heaitate a moment. Oh, Davia,' saId I, he wanted twi or threi- explanations In detail which I couldn't inve hini and ao Secretary NWelles proposed that I stouild coice and get you to ciii to Waahington and explaill these few poilnts to the entire board In hit rolxm to-mor- row.' I Well. I' go - I'll go to-night.' - Fro.i that itlolili-ilt I knew that tilhe ilC-e of the affair w assurel. You re iemberhiowhe thrilled every person present in y llrroom with his ifvid des-ription of what the little liout woild be and wl t she colild io; and that in niilety diya' tune ahe colId be lbtilt, although the Rebels had already been fiur illolItilb or m .or 00 liii Jcrefaims with alIl the appliances of the Norfolk Navy Yard to help tiliill. "You asked hue ho 1w utch it wolild cost to coilplpete her. 'Twl hundreid aild .I-vI-uty-tive thousand dlilars,' he said. Then you promptly talrued to the illemlrera of the board alid one biy oiie asked thenii If they would recommaeiud thilt l c.lilntract ise entered Into, fur her construetion, wit], Captain Ericsson and his assoi.ltes. Each one iiswlw-rl-d. I Y(s, Yiy all means' Theii yon told Captain Eriesalel to start hilr inmediately. On the next lIly ill New York a largi' portil n of every article -it iii her conatrui,-tibill was ordered, hnd a contract at ow-c intered 1l1t0 betwi-en Captain Eriu-ssoii and Ill vgso- i-lutes and T. F. RolwlauId, at Green Point. for the ex- peditioos eonatructioii of the most formidabi-w vessel ever made. It was arranged that after a few days I shouild procure a fuoraid..l i .li.mnctary contract froan the- Naval Board to lbe sianed and executed by the- 8ere- tlary of the NaVy, Captain Johnl Ericsson and assoesites. " I regrit that thi part of the iiiattcr has been Iis- uidlirstolsl, as though you liall mnade terms heavier or the risk great-r tiala yoiu oaiat. Tlhe simple fact wvs thalt ifter we had cllterdlInpiin the work of onstruction. and before th11 formal cihlt-0int hId been awartidd a great claniiir arose, mueh of it hle to interested parties to the effect that the battery would prove a failure and disgrace the iellis-re of the boarld for their action In recolnmetidilng it. For their own protectioli, therefore, ato. out of their uperalbunilllat iantion they insisted on Inserting il the entrii it a lause requliriig us to guaran- tees the iompiete siii-cess- of th, liattery, .i that, ill ease she plroved a falinre, the (;ovenlmlnt mtight bi- n-funded thle aiolmOts advanced to IH freoi ti:lll- tIi tihiii' during hlr i-instrnetion. 'To Caittd Eril-sain unit myself, thil was.alu-ver an embarrus-nil-ut; hIt to Mr. Winslow, as indi-ud to Mr. Oiriawelil also, it appeared that the hoard unit asked too Bileh. But I kiilhw that til- noble old Adiudral omith never intci-deid that we shonlid ffer, alid amnig the many fortiat things for which the iHlltioO had occasion to le grateful-s uch as the provi- dintill seil-etion as I'rP-sId,-.t iii those dark days if the fillmortat Lincoln aill his wie-ly hs-min Cahitlt - was tIhe alppotillent tof Adill.iral S4iith to the chargi- of the iavy yards, who always sel'-illi to hel-p , with one eye Opi'il, so constant wIs hbi watnhfllliel amld hil eager his desire that the entiri- "lilvy shouild ie always in readiness to do Its pIlrt in the overthrow of tiii- ehieilion. " Imn omlildent that no atiVe-born child of thli coun- try will ever forget the proud so- of Swedl-n who could ait in his own hous-e aid eontrive the three thousand dif- fernet parts that go to make 11p the cot-plete hull of the steam-battery Dictator, sothatwhen themechanicecame to put the parts together not a single alteration ill any particular was required to be made. What the little first oai.". and the subsequenit larger ones achleved Is a part of history. .. Very respectfully, C. S. USHNEILL." The date of the following letter from Captain Ericsson to the s8.3 of Mr'. 0, S. UtftCel1' tihditates that the abovns ;etear w ah qilLrtftdd to CAptain Ericsson before it was sent'fo'Ek-84cetiry Welles: Eac.inx' F. B 5iIf'tIL, 18Q.; N 'It ! M. YM DEAR IR: I iave read with much pleaslee your father's statement tii Mr. .'eile4 ta, nerniag tle ihndruetlon of the original MAi-ito., i ti'i4iot' tltiJx .snycbange- or .additions are nedd.-thbtlialh facts oleng'well stated. .. Yollrs very tritly, J. ERICS80N." Ex-Seeretary Welles, under date of Hartford, 10th March, 1877, addressed the following letter to M\Ir. C. S. Bushnell: 1'MY DEAR SIR: I received on the 16th Inst. your iiiterestiug eomnunicatioll witholit date-relative to the cinstruction of the Jfo itor. Mfany of ti- lildlients lanrrated by ylou I r ilileilber, although moire than fifteen years have gone by since they trlaistlired. Some errors, not very essential aid causeil by Ilpse of years, occur -Mcdgwick, not Rice, was chairman (If the Naval Co.- ittee; Griswold resided in Troy, not New York, and Hltbseqltently represented the Troy District in Congress, etc., etc. "t w-ll4 rememnber asking you to Il t ill writing the facts in your possessioi elnlernilg thl- c-trIlction of the jfSnitor, Soie atatenientH of -eiierl. Butler, Wendell Phillips. and others, to disparage the XNvy Department, pervert the truth ad -1 leny n's 1111 credit, lie Admiral Smith, in th' alitmi of 1868 to addtress to me a -onmuniilaton reciting the facts, for he said, when we were goni, thoe- of Us who took the responst- billty amId would have Ineturred the diagra-e had Erics- sHO'n aInvention p-oved n failure, woild be ignored and history nildstutedl. A. von were more ilitti.late witi the case at its inception, were the first to luring it to the attention of the departllent, it secilel to ne proper that y-or recollection and knowleilge of th e tranu'etio-n should be redileed to writing. I am greatly olriged to von for the tfll and satlafnctory illa-lner 1iv wbilh you ha-e eomplied witt my requ-est. Next, after Ericsson himelf, yoll are entitled to bdritgillg his iv-ention to the knowledge of the departml-It. I w iilid not knew- ingl3- do injustice to any one, and I an well aware that the offlcial In ciVil life, and who in administering the