professional ability of Flag-Officer Buchanan and his associates achieved the most remarkable victory which naval annals record.
In the same volume from which a portion of Mr. Mallory
's report is quoted, on page 60, is a letter from General J. Bankhead Magruder
, dated Youngs Mill, Va., March 10, 1862, in which he says:
Commodore,—It is with the most cordial satisfaction that I tender you my most hearty congratulations on the glorious and brilliant victory you achieved over the enemy on Saturday and Sunday last.
I consider it the greatest achievement of the age, and am delighted beyond expression that it was accomplished under your auspices and that of my friend, Lieutenant Catesby Ap R. Jones.
These two reports certainly negative in the strongest terms that language can employ the assertion that there had been no denial that the Monitor
achieved a victory over the Merrimac
The official report of Flag Officer Buchanan
, who commanded the Merrimac
on the 9th of March, 1862, which is on file in the War Department, gives the following account of the engagement: