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The Daily Dispatch: July 25, 1862., [Electronic resource], The Destruction of the "Virginia"--Com Tatnall Acquitted. (search)
the council who advised that she should remain on this side of Fortress Monroe for the protection of Norfolk and Richmond, and that, in accordance with this advice, he proceeded to regulate her movements — that after the evacuation of Norfolk. Westover, on James river, became the most suitable position for her to occupy — that while in the act of lightening her for the purpose of taking her up to that point, the pilots for the first time declared their inability to take her up, even though her draft should be reduced to its minimum of eighteen feet--that by the evacuation of Norfolk and the abandonment of our forts below Westover, both banks of the James river below that point were virtually given up to the enemy — that the ship being thus cut off from Norfolk and Richmond, was deprived of all outward sources of supply, save those of the most precarious and uncertain character — that her store of provisions would not last for more than three weeks--that when lightened she was made v