Statistics for occurrence #1 of “Fortress Monroe” in chapter 12 of Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War.:
...g pike was substituted.
During the engagement the Roanoke and St. Lawrence, in tow of tugs, made every effort to join in the combat, but like the Minnesota, they ran on shore some two miles above Fortress Monroe .
While the above incidents were taking place, the day had passed, and the commanding officer of the Merrimac, finding he could not take possession of the Congress, abandoned her to the flames.
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