150 years ago: “I firmly believe that such a vessel … would defy the Navy of the United States.”

I last mentioned Captain Francis Lee in connection with his successful spar torpedo experiment. On this day (March 25) in 1863 he wrote a letter to General P.G.T. Beauregard outlining the tactical application of the device, urging support for this type of attack: The work on torpedo ram has nearly come to a stand forContinue reading “150 years ago: “I firmly believe that such a vessel … would defy the Navy of the United States.””