ew, they having been made to believe that no one would undertake such an adventure.
The Monitors were slow in speed, but they had now reached the Tennessee's wake, delivering their fire as opportunity offered.
The Manhattan, Commander J. W.A. Nicholson, got close under her stern and fired a raking shot (15-inch), which struck the Tennessee's port-quarter and carried away her steering gear.
The Manhattan fired altogether six times, and most of her shots took effect.
In the meantime, the Win of his turrets will work, which compelled him to turn his vessel every time to get a shot, so that he could not fire very often, but he did the best under the circumstances.
The Manhattan appeared to work well,though she moved slowly.
Commander Nicholson delivered his fire deliberately and, as before stated, with one of his 15-inch shot broke through the armor of the Tennessee, with its wooden backing, though the shot itself did not enter the vessel.
No other shot broke through the armor,