R. H. Bacot to Dear Sis, March 19, 1864
(© North Carolina Office of Archives & History)
A portion of a letter to Bacot's sister. Note the two derogatory references to the ironclad: "C.S. Neuse-(ance)" and "Neus'ance"
The young officer's sentiments were no doubt shared by his crewmates, especially the vessel's second commander, Benjamin Loyall.