damage was inflicted upon the fort in spite of a heavy sea, which rendered the firing from the vessels somewhat uncertain.
The gun-boats themselves suffered little damage.
On May 5, 1862, Yorktown was evacuated by the Confederates, and General McClellan telegraphed to Captain Wm. Smith of the Wachusett to assist in communicating with Gloucester and to send some of the gun-boats up York River to reconnoitre.
The flotilla was immediately underway, and proceeded to Gloucester Point, where y of the events of the war are narrated out of their proper order, and the earlier performances are behind the later ones.
This cannot well be helped, and it would probably make confusion if the writer attempted to remedy the evil.
When General McClellan had captured Yorktown he almost immediately moved part of his army up the river in transports in the direction of West Point.
On the 7th of May, 1862, Lieutenant T. H. Stevens reported that, hearing the firing of heavy cannon, he proceed
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