January 01, 1862
Dear General Grant,
Our lead designer, James B. Eads has just finished the plans for the City Iron Clad. It is an Iron Clad meant for use on rivers for river warfare.
The city model is different from the regular iron clad by its small depth allowing for it to smoothly glide or not hit the bottom of the river. These vessels will be the most effective in concurring the Mississippi river. The Iron Clad city model will be built at one of our port manufacturing centers and will probably be launched on January 25, 1862.
Your loyal comrade James May