ent of Norfolk, had sent Commodore Hollins to that place to consult with Commodore Tatnall, and such other officers as might be selected, as to the best disposition to be made of the Merrimac in this contingency.
The conference was arranged for May 8th, but on that morning the Monitor, Naugatuck, and other United States vessels attacked our battery at Sewell's Point.
The Merrimac got under way immediately to render such assistance as might be needed.
Commodore Tatnall's account of the matteesence of two French and one English war vessel, offered the Monitor and the Stevens iron battery battle.
Then, to provoke them to accept it, cut out three Federal transports almost under their guns, but without bringing them to issue.
3. On May 8th the Merrimac drove the Monitor, Naugatuck, and six other United States war vessels from Sewell's Point to within one and a half miles of Fort Monroe, and seeing no disposition to engage returned to anchor.
On this occasion, the Federal fleet de