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ns. Rifle pits had been made in front of the fort, and obstructions had been placed in the river by driving piles and sinking some vessels. The crew of the Virginia, after her destruction, had been sent to this fort, which was then in charge of Commander Farrand, Confederate States Navy. On April 15th the enemy's fleet of five ships of war, among the number their much-vaunted Monitor, took position and opened fire upon the fort between seven and eight o'clock. Our small vessel, the Patrick Henry, was lying above the obstruction, and cooperated with the fort in its defense—the Monitor and the ironclad Galena steamed up to about six hundred yard's distance; the others, wooden vessels were kept at long range. The armor of the flagship Galena was badly injured, and many of the crew killed or wounded. The Monitor was struck repeatedly, but the shot only bent her plates. At about eleven o'clock the fleet abandoned the attack, returning discomfited whence they came. The commander
nown in the old navy, and he was soon to exhibit a like ability as a seaman in battle. Now the first Confederate ironclad was afloat, the Stars and Bars were given to the breeze, and she was rechristened the Virginia. She was joined by the Patrick Henry, six guns, Commander John R. Tucker; the Jamestown, two guns, Lieutenant-commanding John N. Barney; the Beaufort, one gun, Lieutenant-commanding W. H. Parker; the Raleigh, one gun, Lieutenant-commanding J. W. Alexander; the Teaser, one gun, Ln devised. Commander Brooke, who united much science to great ingenuity, was not entirely free in the exercise of either. Our means restricted us to making the best of that which chance had given us. In the morning the Virginia, with the Patrick Henry, the Jamestown, and the three little tugs, jestingly called the mosquito fleet, returned to the scene of the previous day's combat, and to the completion of the work, the destruction of the Minnesota, which had, the evening before, been inter
. Offer to purchase medicine for U. S. prisoners, 509. Owasoo (gunboat), 196. Owens, Col., John, 499. P Palmer, General, 364, 490. Palmetto State (ironclad), 172. Paris, Comte de, 87. Account of occupation of Norfolk, 82. Account of McClellan's action after Johnston's withdrawal across the Chickahominy, 86. Congress of, 11, 315, 316, 317, 318, 322. Parker, Amasa J. Report on imprisonment of New York Agents, 414-15. Lt. W. H., 165, 166-67. Parsons, Lewis C., 633. Patrick Henry (gunboat), 85, 165, 168. Patton, Colonel, 36. Robert M., 633. Payne, Lewis, 417. Pawnee (ship), 164. Pea Ridge, Battle of (see Elkhorn, Battle of). Peabody, Charles A., 243. Pegram, General, 360, 435, 437, 451, 452, 453. Capt. R. B., 221-22. Pellham, Major, 296. Pemberton, Gen. J. C., 331, 333, 335, 336, 337, 338-39, 340, 342, 343, 344, 345, 348, 353, 442-43. Correspondence with Gen. J. E. Johnston, 340-41. Extracts from report on siege of Vicksburg, 348-49. Pender