The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 41, July 1937 - April, 1938 Page: 185
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the Historical Records Survey, Works Progress Administration,
Smith-Young Tower, San Antonio, Texas.
Professor Herbert Gambrell of Southern Methodist University
has an article in the October issue of Readers Digest entitled "After
the Merrimac." Every student of history knows the story of the
struggle between the first two ironclads in March, 1862. Few of
them have heard of Charles Ellet, Jr., who had tried to convince
the military and naval authorities that the few Confederate boats
could be destroyed by "butting machines," as the ironclad rams
were called. Gambrell's vignette is about the contest that took
place on the Mississippi above Memphis on June 6, 1862, more
than two months after the Confederates had made their sensation
with the Merrimac. A fleet of Union gunboats, accompanied by
two of Ellet's rams, the Queen and the Monarch, attacked six
Confederate boats, and to make the story short by quotation, "In
an hour's time the Rebel fleet is annihilated."
On November 1, 1937, the United States will launch the
destroyer DD-398. It will be named the Ellet in honor of Charles
Dr. Fritz Leo Hoffmann, who has been instructor in the Social
Sciences at the Corpus Christi Junior College for the past two
years, has accepted a position as instructor in History at the
University of Colorado. There he teaches courses in United States,
Latin-American, and French History. Dr. Hoffmann published
in 1935 an edited translation of the Diary of the Alarc6n Expedi-
tion into Texas, 1718-1719 by Fray Francisco Cliz. This pub-
lication appeared as Volume V of the Quivira Society Publications.
WALTER PRESCOTT WEBB.
The University of Texas.
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