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New York Folklore Vol. 1. Nos. 3-4, Fall-Winter 1975
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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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