ately into the Potomac river.
Use steam to tow them up. Let there be no delay.
This order was modified by telegram of March 8th from Secretary Welles to Captain Marston, as follows: The Assistant-Secretary of the Navy will be at Old Point by the Bguns or instruct them in their various duties, the Merrimac, under command of Captain Franklin Buchanan, at 1 A. M. of March 8th, cast loose from the navy yard and started on her venture in the game of war, attended by the gunboats Beaufort (CaptaiEricsson) had been built in one hundred days especially to meet the Merrimac.
She arrived at Fort Monroe at 9 P. M. of March 8th. Secretary Welles had telegraphed Commodore Paulding at the New York yard March 6th: Let the Monitor come direct to Wastary of War, as saying in a Cabinet meeting, called in consequence of the destruction of the Cumberland and Congress on March 8th: The Merrimac will change the whole character of the war. She will destroy seriatim every naval vessel.
She will lay a