NEW YORK FOLKLORE
Vol. 1, Nos. 3-4, Fall-Winter 1975
WAY DOWN IN FORT MONROE
by Anne Lutz
“Way Down in Fort Monroe” is a Civil War ballad that
Katherine Garrison found in manuscript among the
papers of her grandfather, John A. Garrison, who
lived on the Ramapo Valley Road a few miles west of Suffern, New
York. Dr. Duncan Emrich has said that this is the fullest version he
has seen of the ballad that he included in his Folklore on the American
Land under the title “The Iron Merrimac.”
The ballad tells of the action on March 8, 1862, between the Confederate
ironclad generally known as the Merrimac and several
Union ships and then of the battle on March 9 between the
Merrimac and the Monitor, the Yankee “cheese-box on a raft.” ...
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