PROUD NEW FLAGS (493 pp.)F. van Wyck MasonLippincott ($3).
"YESTERDAY OFF FORTRESS MONROE IN VIRGINIA," the telegram read, "THE C.C.S.
RAM MERRIMAC FOUGHT AND SANK THE U.S.S. STEAM FRIGATE CONGRESS, FIFTY
GUNS . . . Gripped by overwhelming satisfaction and emotion, Sam caught Kitty Pingree's softly firm body close and kissed her hard on her warm, coral-tinted mouth.
" 'At last!' he cried, swinging her about in a wild, capering dance. 'At last the
Confederacy understands the meaning and taste of sea power. Just think! Now all Chesapeake Bay lies open to us ... Why, within a few days we'll be throwing nine-inch shells into Abe...