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NP: December 15, 1864 Richmond Examiner: The USS Dictator Scares Richmond

Editor’s Note: This article was transcribed by Brett Schulte.




There is no news from Grant’s army. But the New York Times has the following significant paragraph:

The Dictator, Commodore John Rodgers commanding, made a short trial trip to the lower bay on Tuesday, and expended some fifteen rounds of shot and shell in testing the fricture gear on the gun carriages. The results obtained are said to be very satisfactory. The difficulties experienced in steering the vessel have been entirely overcome, and if no unfavourable weather prevents she will take her departure from here at the close of the week, and will proceed direct to Hampton Roads, the Hybiscus and Pontoosuc acting as her convoys. It is said that the Navy Department are very anxious to have the Doctator at Hampton Roads as soon as possible, as there is something for her to do.

[This Dictator is a monster vessel—the largest of all the Yankee iron-clads.—Ex]1

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  1. Latest News from the North.” Richmond Examiner. December 15, 1864, p. 1 col. 6
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