The “Monitor” At Sea and In Battle
By the Late Captain S. Dana Greene
Editor's Note: Personal narrative always exceeds in interest the dry pages of official record. In this letter to his mother, now for the first time published, we have the account by a young lieutenant, then only twenty-one years old, of the historic voyage of the Monitor from New York to Hampton Roads, and of her subsequent battle with the Merrimac, on March 9, 1862.
The writer of the letter was not only at an impressionable age, but in a position to observe and recount the facts of which he speaks. His story is the more interesting by reason of the fact that when the commanding officer became wounded he succeeded to the command of the Monitor.
The letter was submitted to the Institute by Captain J. Blackwood (MC) U. S. N., through the courtesy of Doctor Edward Emerson, of Concord, Mass., and is published with the permission of Mr. George DeB. Greene, Captain Greene's son. It was long a prized possession in the Greene family.