hurried below the guns of Fortress Monroe and the Rip-Raps.
The Merrimac pursued at full speed, until she came well under the fire of the latter fort, when she returned to her moorings at the mouth of the river.
After the evacuation of Norfolk the Merrimac was taken above Craney Island and blown up, on the 11th of May. * * * She (the Monitor) had refused the gage of battle offered her by the Merrimac daily since the 11th of April.
Statement of A. B. Smith, pilot of the Cumberland.
（Moore's Rebellion Record, volume 4, page 273.)
The crew of the Monitor say the balls rattled and rang upon both vessels, and seemed to bound off harmless—so far as is known neither vessel is damaged.
The Merrimac is probably not injured, at least, more than the starting of a plate or so of her iron covering; and her machinery being uninjured, she is probably fit to come out again.
It is impossible to keep the Merrimac from coming out. It is impossible to board the Merrimac. * * * General Woo