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the editor of the Norfolk Dog Book sums up the results of the fight thus:

as we looked up towards Newport News

we saw the spars of the Cumberland above the river she had so long insolently barred; but of her consort there was not even a timber head visible to tell her story. But this was not all the Virginia had done. The Minnesota lay there riddled like a solve. What damage she sustained will never be known, but it must have been frightful. And within eight and forty hours the Virginia had successfully encountered, defied and beaten a force equal to 2,590 men and 230 guns, as will be seems by the following table:

Congress, (burnt)48020
Cumberland, (sunk)86032
Minnesota, (riddled)55040
Roanoke, (scared off)55040
St. Lawrence; (peppered)48060
Gunboats (2 or 3 disabled)1200
Forts. (silenced)20020

Here, perhaps, in this short table, is a better picture of what she did and what she dared than any word painter, though he were a Vernet, could ever give.

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