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" . . . we have nothing to fear from a land invasion of the enemy.
It has taught us that the right arm of his power in this war is in his gunboats on our seacoast;
and that our only assurance of saving the Mississippi from his grasp is to paralyze that arm upon its waters."

(The Daily Delta, New Orleans, 18 April 1862)

"We landed sixteen men and a boat howitzer and they did more fighting than a regiment of soldiers!"
(Lieutenant, Roswell Lamson, USN, Civil War)

"Whatever efforts are made by the land armies, the Navy must have the casting vote in the present contest."
(General George Washington, 1781)

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"The gunboats are the devil!"
(Nashville, Tennessee newspaper, Spring 1862)

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