re fighting, our vessel sunk, the Stars and Stripes still waving.--That flag was finally submerged but after the hull grounded on the sand, fifty four feet below the surface of the water, our pennant was still flying from the topmost above the waves.
None of our men were captured, but many were drowned as the vessel went down.
We had about four hundred on board, and I suppose from one hundred and fifty to two hundred were killed during the engagement and drowned at the sinking.
Lieutenant George V. Manrice was in command of the vessel, Captain Radford being absent on the Roanoke, at a Court of Inquiry; and, though he hurried back to reach his vessel, he could not arrive till after she had sunk — Very few of our men swam ashore, most of those who were rescued from the water being saved by small boats.
The Merrimac seemed to be uninjured, although her small boats and flag-staff were shot away in the commencement of the action.
Engagement with the Congress.
The Merrimac then