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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)
errimac was soon discovered passing out by Sewall's Point, standing up toward Newport News, accompanthe harbor. In passing the batteries at Sewall's Point, both going and returning, the rebels openoint, to engage her. While rapidly passing Sewall's Point, the rebels there opened fire upon us fromection. At the same time the batteries at Sewall's Point opened on the tow, which was immediately r, 1862. C. S. Steam-battery Virginia, off Sewall's Point, March 8, 1862. Flag-officer: In conseqof death and destruction, steamed in under Sewall's Point. The day thus closed most dismally for ouen. As the rebel flotilla came out from Sewall's Point, the Monitor stood out boldly toward the Merrimac until she got well inside Sewall's Point, and then returned to the Minnesota. It iirely out of the range of our batteries on Sewall's Point, which opened on her, with what effect we at high tide, as the latter vessel was at Sewall's Point, after the engagement, where she remained [4 more...]
Hampton Roads almost unruffled by a wave. About seven o'clock a signal-gun from the Minnesota turned all eyes toward Sewell's Point, and coming out from under the land, almost obscured by the dim haze, the Merrimac was seen, followed by the York-towFor the last hour the manoeuvres of the rebel fleet have apparently been directed toward decoying our fleet up toward Sewall's Point. When the Merrimac first appeared, she stood directly across the mouth of Elizabeth River, followed by her consorts,ing hold of the third. Not a shot was fired on either side. The Merrimac maintains her position about half-way between Sewell's and Pig Points. One of the French steamers is coming down to the Lower Roads. She has a water-schooner in tow, which wa 10 o'clock.--There is no change in the position of affairs. The rebel fleet lies in line of battle, stretching from Sewell's Point up toward Pig Point. The Merrimac is black with men, who cluster on the ridge of her iron roof. The other vessels a
public property, having just destroyed the ships they virtually confessed they could not defend? All necessary orders were given, and in every thing relating to this service I claim to have performed my duty as a naval officer with the judgment and intelligence the occasion called for, and have had every reason to suppose that my whole course of proceedings was approved by the President and Secretary of the Navy. I will state, in conclusion, that the Cumberland grounded in passing Sewell's Point, and hung for four hours before she could be relieved by the aid of two powerful tugs. Another day and the barrier would probably have been completed. A procrastinated defence of the public property might have been made, but no one capable of forming a judgment on the subject will, with the facts here stated, suppose that I could have been justified in such a proceeding. After a lapse of a year, and our giant strength has been put forth, it seems a grateful task for men who withhe