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it alone the storming of Gloucester, but the idea was abandoned. On April 28th General J. E. Johnston wrote to Flag Officer Tatnall, commanding the naval forces in the James River, requesting him, if practicable, to proceed with the Virginia to York River for the purpose of destroying the enemy's transports, to which Commodore Tatnall replied that it could be done only in daylight, when he would be exposed to the fire of the forts, and would have to contend with the squadron of men-of-war s defense of Norfolk, and to remove the obstacles she opposed to the enemy's operations in the James River. Life of Commodore Tatnall, pp. 166, 167. Meanwhile, the brilliant movements of the intrepid Jackson created such apprehension of an attaced a few shots in reply, while the Virginia, which, since the wounding of the brave Buchanan, had been commanded by Commodore Tatnall, showed her formidable shell, and the expedition was countermanded. Two more days were consumed in waiting. Final
slight repairs needed were promptly made. The distinguished veteran, Commodore Josiah Tatnall, was assigned to the command of the Virginia, vice Admiral Buchanan, wble, was prepared for battle and cruise in the Roads, and, on April 11th, Commodore Tatnall moved down to invite the Monitor to combat. But her officers kept the Mo furiously bombarding our batteries at Sewell's Point. Dashing down comes old Tatnall on the instant, as light stepping and blithe as a boy. . . . But the Virginia native was then and there to abandon and burn the ship. The statement of Commodore Tatnall shows that the Virginia could not have been taken seaward, and that such continued blockade. The harbor defenses of Savannah were entrusted to Commodore Tatnall, who defended the approach to the city with a small steamer of one gun, arnished. Another vessel was under construction and nearly completed, and Commodore Tatnall, notwithstanding his well-known combative instincts, was understood to be
102, 105, 106, 137, 275, 286,294. Testimony on battle of Sharpsburg, Va., 286. Sumter (ship), 210, 237. Preparation for action, 206-07. Activities, 207-08. Supreme Court (U. S.) Case of John Merryman, 391-92. Surratt, John H., 417. Mary E., 417. Susquehanna (steamer), 63. Swann, Judge, 30. Swayne, General, 634. Swinton, —, 73. T Tacony (ship), 237. Taliaferro, General, 93, 164, 266, 268, 269, 272,296. Tallahassee (warship), 222, 237. Taney, —, 291. Tatnall, Commodore, Josiah, 73, 82, 169, 170,172. Taylor, General, 54, 271. Gen. Richard, 72, 91-92, 95, 202, 349, Taylor, Gen., Richard. 350, 351, 352-53, 438, 455, 456, 457, 458, 587, 590, 591-92, 598. Comment on Jackson, 94. Description of battle near Port Republic, 95-96. Account of the battle of Sharpsburg, 285-86. Account of battle of Chancellorsville, 309-10. Account of battle of Cold Harbor, 441-42. Statement concerning Johnston-Sherman conference, 588. Col. Thomas, 495. Col. Walter H., 88.