The Virginia's late Trip--Yankee account.
The Fortress Monroe
correspondent of the Baltimore American
, in his report of the second appearance of the steamer Merrimac
in Hampton Roads
, April 11, 1862.
I said two days ago that we were looking for the Merrimac
and sunshine together.--Both are here this morning.
About 7 o'clock a signal gun from the Minnesota
turned all eyes towards Sewell's Point
, and coming out from under the land, almost obscured by the dim haze, the Merrimac
was seen, followed by the Jamestown
There was instantaneous activity among the troops and vessels in the upper Roads to get out of the way. Several steamers loaded with troops got out of the way. Steam tugs ran whistling and screaming towards all sorts of vessels, out of harm's way.
vessels then moved out of the way as if they had been informed of the scene of conflict.
On our part, no movement was made.
The Monitor, with steam up and in fighting trim, lay quietly near her usual anchorage.
The Naugatuck (Steven's Battery) came out and took position alongside the Monitor
Signals were made between our vessels, the fort, and the Rip Raps
, but no movement was made.
Curiosity grew rapidly into suspense.
Our inaction seems unaccountable except upon the supposition that the desire is to get the Rebels
The position is one of defiance on both sides — the rebels challenging us to come up to their field of battle, and we are daring them to come down.
In regard to the prizes taken, he says:
"There was a rebel steamer, not built for war purposes, leaving the protection of the Merrimac
and her consorts, where it appeared to unprofessional eyes she could easily be cut off, and yet no attempt was made on our part to do it. Of course there were good reasons for this policy; the crowd could not see them.