Elijah wrote this published booklet in response to several allegations by several individuals that they were the last survivor of the Merrimac. It was published in 1914.Here is an article that ran in the local paper in 1961 about Elijah and the book:
From the Messenger & Intelligencer (of Anson County N.C.) September 29, 1961 page 4
Anson Confederate Report Corrects Merrimac History There are older and middle-aged citizens in this county, who may recall the late Elijah W. Flake, of Polkton, who fought in the battle between the "CSS Merrimac" and the "USS Monitor", iron-clads, which marked the decline of wooden warships, in the historic engagement at Hampton Roads, Virginia, March 9, 1862, second year of the Civil War. Mr. Flake wrote a little pamphlet about it, which was printed by John Lowe and Sons in Wadesboro in 1914. It sold for 25 cents a copy or a dozen for $2. Any town, school or club buying 100 copies was given a free lecture by Mr. Flake. The author was the grandfather of Wilson C. Flake (the diplomat under President Eisenhower), Mrs. Dupree Griggs and Robert Flake (Jr.) of this county. (He is the father of Robert Flake, of Polkton, and of Wade Braxton Flake, of China Grove). The booklet is owned by Mrs. Jinks Goodman, of Polkton, who let the Messenger & Intelligencer have it for review. It is recalled from reference sources that the "Merrimac", confederate boat, withdrew after four hours combat. On page 12 of the thin booklet is the following: Wadesboro, February 26, 1914. This is to certify that E.W. Flake was a member of Co. C, 14th Regiment N.C. Infantry, and was transferred to the Confederate State's Steamer "Merrimac" in preparation in the navy yard at Portsmouth, VA., early in the year 1862. Signed; E. F. Fenton, Dr. E.A. Covington, T. J. Watkins.
It is recalled that Flake was a small man with heavy white hair and long white beard when he wrote this account. His picture is on the frontispiece. We quote his story as follows, and have taken the liberty of paragraphing the text to make it more conveniently readable:
I'm working on getting the booklet typed into the computer.