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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)
ce, 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 repmmodore Josiah Tatnall. well as one man can know another. Tatnall was ready for any desperate service, but he lacked Catesby Jones' coolness and judgment. Up to the time Tatnall took command the iron-clad had been in dock undergoing repairs, andthe ship and a mile beyond. Tatnall remained for some hours in the Roads until finally in disgust he gave an order to Lieut. Jones to fire a gun to windward and take the ship back to her buoy. The above Confederate account does not agree with th pilot-house, and the commanding officer of the Merrimac took advantage of this circumstance to return to Norfolk. Catesby Jones was too clever an officer not to know that if he should get aground in the narrow channel the Monitor would certainly