7Laura Lawfer Orr Discusses Civil War Naval Engagement
cumberland's commanding officer to lieutenant george morris asking if cumberland would surrender. morris replied, never. we will sink with our colors flying. finally around 3:30 that afternoon, cumberland's bow submerged. morris gave the order to abandon ship. water poured through the breach opened by virginia's ram. causing the warship to lurch forward and the ship plunged bow first to the bottom of the river carrying 121 men down with her. in the aftermath, cumberland became famous. most importantly, the ship had snapped off virginia's ram, weakening the ship. enabling "uss monitor kae" whic came in the next day and eventually drive its back to its birth. there two months later the virginia was intentionally destroyed by confederate forces. throughout the rest of the civil war, u.s. soldiers and sailors routinely visited the site of cumberland. easily accessible by its mast sticking out of the water. sa paid homage to the dead. recognizing that section of the james river as hallowed ground. two years and eight months later, another important warship joined cumberland on the bottom of t
the shipyard nearby was dumped over top of the wreck, prompting george west, the early memoirist to conclude that no doubt now, the boat is entirely covered over. possessedumberland unique artifacts that invoked a sense of drama. they recovered a small wooden frame, custom fitted with a small piece of glass. they also recovered a magnificent ships bell, one and a half eat high, cast in bronze. this was the hell that rang on the morning of march 18 1862 to send the crew to general quarters as css virginia came up the river. ammunitions prompted apes for legal battle. after all, the team have brought a artifacts without turning them directly over to the navy. admirals in the u.s. navy were not happy about it. dives onfirst cumberland and florida ended, customer's people first turned over the artifacts to the college of william and mary. under the expectation they would go to some agency associated with the college of virginia but high the united states navy. at the time, the navy did not have a permanent process which meant they had no way to educate historians about their ownership.
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