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
, 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.