ol, at Fort Monroe, in which, foreseeing the necessity of evacuating Newport News in the event the Merrimac gains possession of the Roads, he consents to a withdrawal of the garrison to Old Point, Rebellion Records, page 23, series 1, volume I. March 10th while openly proclaiming the defeat of the Merrimac by the Monitor in the engagement of the 9th, Secretary Welles wires the Assistant-Secretary of the Navy at Fort Monroe, The President directs that the Monitor be not too much exposed and authol leave with your ship and attack the enemy when, in your judgment, it may seem best.
On April 4th: Do not hesitate or wait for orders, but strike when, how, and where your judgment may dictate.
The Secretary of the United States Navy had, on March 10th, telegraphed: The President directs that the Monitor be not too much exposed, in the same breath in which her victory was claimed.
The Confederate Secretary and the Confederate naval officers well knew the many defects and vulnerability of t