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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 4. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 82.-fight in Hampton roads, Va., March 8th and 9th, 1862. (search)
he would lose one of his eyes. Before, however, he left Old Point, it was thought this danger had been removed. Secessioirginia, the enemy's steam-frigate Minnesota put out from Old Point to their assistance. She laid well over toward Newport Na steam-frigate, supposed to be the Roanoke, put off from Old Point with the same intention, it is supposed, but seeing the snia was playing with the Federal vessels, she put back to Old Point. The Minnesota and St. Lawrence, we learn, are hard agnday morning. She is between them and all assistance from Old Point. The frigate Congress was set fire to on Saturday nigh to the assistance of the Minnesota and St. Lawrence from Old Point, after they grounded, but their efforts to haul them off ate St. Lawrence and Ericsson iron propeller came up from Old Point and engaged the Merrimac. A terrific battle ensued unton, causing the Yankee iron monster to head instantly for Old Point, with all hands at pumps, in a supposed sinking condition
mmodore Rowan's flagship,) which took the advance, followed by the Southfield, Hetzel, Brinka, Stars and Stripes, Louisiana, Underwriter, Commodore Perry, Picket, Vidette, and a few others whose names it is impossible for me to call to mind at the present moment. The reason of Commodore Rowan being in command was, that as soon as the news reached the fleet of the attack by the Merrimac on our vessels at Fortress Monroe, Commodore Goldsborough was so uneasy, that he immediately returned to Old Point, leaving the direction of the naval movements in the hands of the next officer in rank. Commodore Rowan consequently took charge, and he is deserving of the highest praise for the splendid manner in which every thing relating to the gunboats was conducted. Immediately below the city of Newbern the rebels had placed an almost impassable barrier to the passage of vessels, hoping thereby to prevent the fleet from coming to the city. It was situated about six miles below Newbern, and cons