Lieutenant Ap. Catesby Jones, of the Merrimac, concludes his statement of the engagement of March 9th in these words:
We for some time awaited the return of the Monitor to the Roads.
The loss a shell or cannon-ball from one of her guns in the White House before we leave this room.
On March 9th Mr. Stanton telegraphed the Governors of New York, Massachusetts and Maine to protect their hg twenty-four canal boats laden with stone to close the Potomac river.
General McClellan on March 9th sends a telegram to General Wool, at Fort Monroe, in which, foreseeing the necessity of evacuan running the Merrimac down.
Gage of battle of April II, ‘62, and the forlorn hope.
From March 9th to April 11th the Merrimac lay at the navy-yard.
New guns took the place of those that had beassailed by our rams to any advantage.
Let us sum the matter up.
1. On the 9th of March, the only occasion upon which the Merrimac and Monitor did engage, it is in evidence from Fed