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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 12: fight between the Merrimac and Monitor, March 8, 1862. (search)
to be very thoroughly repaired. The joy of the Confederates at the news of the first day's fight in Hampton Roads, was much dampened when the information came that the Merrimac was obliged to leave the fighting-ground on the second day without effecting anything. It was a severe disappointment, since they had reckoned on the capture of the whole Union fleet in the Roads, and an advance of the Merrimac upon Washington. As soon as the Merrimac was again ready for service, on the 29th of March, 1862, Commodore Josiah Tatnall was ordered to command her instead of the cool and judicious Catesby Jones. who had conducted the engagement with the Monitor with so much skill and bravery. Commodore Tatnall had a high reputation in the old Navy as a brave and chivalric officer. The writer served as his executive officer in some desperate encounters with the enemy during the Mexican War, and knew him as Commodore Josiah Tatnall. well as one man can know another. Tatnall was ready for a