The destruction of the Merrimac by the Confederates.
The conference in Norfolk of May 9th as to the disposal of the Merrimac had resulted in the decision that the Merrimac was then employed to best advantage, and that she should continue for the present to protect Norfolk, and thus afford time to remove the public property.
Commodore Tatnall upon this joined his ship, at anchor near Sewell's Point.
On May 10th, about 10 A. M., it was observed that no Confederate flag was flying at Sewell's Point battery and that the fort seemed to be abandoned.
Flag-Lieutenant J. Pembroke Jones was immediately sent to Craney Island, and there learned for the first time that a large force of the enemy had landed at Bay Shore and were rapidly marching on Norfolk, and that our troops were retreating.
Lieutenant Jones was then sent to Norfolk to confer with General Huger, in command at that place, and with Captain Sidney S. Lee at the navy-yard.
At the navy-yard he found everything in flames,