stified in making the statement that the Monitor retired from the field on this her second withdrawal from three quarters to an hour.
I shall not pretend to say that this is absolutely accurate, for I did not take the actual time, but I do say it was sufficiently long to justify the opinion then formed that she had withdrawn from the action for the day.
There can be no question at this day on the point—which of the two vessels first withdrew from the action.
The official report of Captain Van Brunt, of the Minnesota, discloses the retirement of the Monitor, and Lieutenant Greene, her executive, admits that she withdrew twice from the engagement—once to hoist shot into the turret, and again when Worden was wounded—page 725-727, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War, volume I.
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 of our pro<