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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 20. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.1 (search)
rly half speed. All went well until we were abreast of Craney Island (five miles from Norfolk), when the Merrimac was so near assistance, took a hawser from her and towed her past Craney-Island light, where, the water getting deeper, we let her go. feet of water and were able to cut across the flats of Craney Island, whilst the Merrimac had to keep the channel until abreot under way late in the evening and anchored inside of Craney Island for the night, to make an early start the next morning.strong Federal force on the bay shore, and also west of Craney Island, and making a combined attack from the east and west. ag-Lieutenant J. Pembroke Jones was immediately sent to Craney Island, and there learned for the first time that a large forcrt, and at this hour all the batteries on the river and Craney Island had been abandoned by our troops. The night was fast a in Richmond. She was, therefore, put on shore as near Craney Island as possible, and having but two boats it took three hou