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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)
and Cumberland, and when she was within three-quarters of a mile the latter vessel opened on her with heavy pivot guns, closely followed by the Congress. Paymaster McKean Buchanan, a brother of the Confederate commander, was an officer of the Congress, and the Merrimac passing that vessel steered direct for the Cumberland, the Confst of the crew undertook to escape to the shore in small boats, or by swimming. leaving the ship with the white flag still flying at her mainmast head. Flag-Officer Buchanan claimed that he was unable to take possession of his prize owing to the fire from the shore, for which reason he ordered hot shot to be fired into the Congress until she was set on fire. Buchanan and his flag-lieutenant, Lieut. Minor, personally directed this matter, and while doing so both were severely wounded. The command of the Merrimac then devolved on Lieut. Jones. Notwithstanding the heavy armor of the Merrimac, her loss in killed and wounded was twenty-one, showing the