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idity, and slaughtered by the terrible fire of the enemy. Lieutenant Pendergast first learned of the death of Lieutenant Smith at half-past 4. The death happened ten minutes previous.--Seeing that our men were being killed without the prospect of any relief from the Minnesota, which vessel had run ashore in attempting to get up to us from Hampton Reads, not being able to get a single gun to bear upon the enemy, and the ship being on fire in several places, upon consultation, with Commander Wm. Smith, we deemed it proper to haul down our colors without any further loss of life on our part. We were soon boarded by an officer of the Merrimac, who said he would take charge of the ship, as he intended to burn her immediately. A sharp fire with muskets and artillery was maintained from our troops ashore upon the tug, having the effect of driving her off. The Merrimac again opened on us, although we had a peak to show that we were out of action. After having fired several she