previous next

The great Naval victory.

The more we reflect upon the late tremendous victory in the Roads, the more wonderful and almost incredible does it appear. The simple narrative of the action by the Secretary of the Navy presents a picture which has literally, and without a particle of exaggeration, no precedent whatever in the whole history of naval warfare. With a force of only twenty guns, Captain Buchanan engaged a fleet consisting of the Cumberland of twenty-four guns; the Congress, fifty guns; the St. Lawrence, fifty guns; the steam frigate Minnesota, of forty guns; the enemy's batteries at Newport News, and several small steamers armed with heavy rifled guns. He sunk the Cumberland, captured and burned the Congress, disabled and drove the Minnesota ashore, and defeated the St. Lawrence and Roanoke, which sought shelter under the guns of Fortress Monroe. Two of the enemy's small steamers were blown up, and two transport steamers were captured. Such is the simple, concise, and official statement of the Naval Department. Again we say, the history of the world does not present the parallel of this achievement.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide Places (automatically extracted)

View a map of the most frequently mentioned places in this document.

Sort places alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a place to search for it in this document.
Fortress Monroe (Virginia, United States) (1)
hide People (automatically extracted)
Sort people alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a person to search for him/her in this document.
Buchanan (1)
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: