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The Daily Dispatch: March 14, 1862., [Electronic resource], One hundred and twenty-five Dollars reward. (search)
st official announcement of the event was as follows: Washington, March 9, 1862.--The following was received to-night by Major-General McClelian from Gen. Wool, dated Fortress Monroe, at 6 o'clock this evening: Two hours after my telegraphic dispatch to the Secretary of War last evening, the Monitor arrived. She immediately went to the assistance of the Minnesota, which was aground, and continued so until a few moments since. Early this morning she was attacked by the Merrimac, Jamestown, and Yorktown. After a five hours contest they were driven off, the Merrimac in a sinking condition. She was towed by the Jamestown, Yorktown, and several smaller boats, towards Norfolk, no doubt, if possible, to get her in the dry-dock for repairs. The Minnesota is afloat, and being towed towards Fortress Monroe. The following dispatch was also received to night: Fortress Monroe, March 9--6:45 P. M. Gideon Wells, Secretary of the Navy: The Monitor arrived at 10 o'clock P
tween the "Congress" and the "Cumberland," when the latter vessel immediately opened fire on her. The Rebel vessel went astern of the Cumberland and ran her bow into her, and then poured in a broadside, the Cumberland firing all the while. The Cumberland commenced to sink immediately on coming in collision with the Merrimac, and went down twenty minutes afterwards. The Merrimac then went towards Richmond, not yet having attacked the Congress. She soon returned with the Jorktown and Jamestown, and attacked the Congress. The latter vessel fired six or eight broadsides into her, but without effect. The Merrimac came astern of the Congress, and fired a raking shot, killing nearly all the men who were at the guns, on the port side. The Rebel vessel then came around to the larboard side, when the Captain appeared and demanded a surrender, which was positively declined by the Captain of the Congress. To this the "Merrimac" replied by firing a broadside, which killed Lieut