fall of Lieut. Worden and the arrival of Lieut. Greene in the pilot house, the Monitor was entirely under control of the man at the wheel, who having no one to direct him, and doubtless being excited by the fall of his commanding officer, steered off on another course without any particular aim or object.
This is substantially the view given of the occurrence by Prof. Soley in his work, The blockade and the cruisers, and he obtained his information from the late Commander Greene.
Lieut. George U. Morris.
（Acting commander of the Cumberland.)
Prof. Soley further says: Seeing the Monitor draw off, Van Brunt, under the supposition that his protector was disabled and had left him, prepared for the worst, and made ready to destroy his ship; but at this point the Merrimac withdrew to Norfolk.
Greene fired at her twice, or at most three times.
He then returned to the Minnesota, and remained by her until she got afloat.
This is no doubt a correct version of the affair.