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een materially reduced and did not amount to over seventeen. Whether it was this demonstration, or the fact that the Confederates found that they could not hold their works at Sewell's Point in the face of even a small number of troops, or that they did not care to stand a shelling from the Federal ships, is not Commander (now Rear-Admiral) A. L. Case, U. S. N. Rear-Admiral Goldsborough's fleet captain. known, but on the 10th of May, 1862, Norfolk surrendered to a Federal force under General Wool,who had landed at Willoughby's Point. All the works on Sewell's Point were evacuated, and also those at Craney Island, and early in the morning of the 11th the Merrimac was blown up. Thus ended the farce of the Confederate occupation of Norfolk. It should never have fallen into their hands, and could have been retaken at any time by a force of ten thousand men and the vessels at Hampton Roads. Flag-officer Goldsborough, supposing that Sewell's Point and Craney Island might not hav