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Unknown [Telegram to New York Times]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01867.03 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: Montgomery, Alabama Type: Telegram Date: 22 April 1861 Pagination: 1 p. ; 13.5 x 21 cm.

Telegram sent to the New York Times during the second week of the Civil War. Says "News bad Norfolk All Vessels & Part Navy Yard Destroyed." Reports that the ships "Pennsylvania," "Delaware," "Plymouth," "Columbia," and "Merrimac" were destroyed as well. Claims there were disturbances at St. Louis and other parts of Missouri, as well as at Louisville, Kentucky. Adds that all railroad bridges near Baltimore, Maryland were destroyed. Written on an "American Telegraph Company" form. On 20 April 1861, Federal forces withdrawing from the Norfolk Navy Yard scuttled and burned several of their ships in order to render them unusable to the Confederate cause. The destroyed "Merrimack" was later rebuilt by the Confederacy as the ironclad CSS "Virginia."

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