A Yankee lies believed in England.
The London Times
, in an article devoted to the exploits of the Virginia
, says, ‘"the two vessels,"’ (the Virginia
and Monitor,) ‘"engaged each other at close quarters for five hours, after which period, but then only, was the armor of one of them perforated by shot.
It was the Monitor which thus drew the first blood, and the Merrimac then retired.
Of course our readers are aware that the Merrimac
was not ‘"perforated by shot, "’ that the Monitor
did not ‘"draw the first blood,"’ and that the Virginia
‘"did not retire."’ The whole is a Yankee lie out of the whole cloth.
Of course, our papers never reach London
; but we should have thought that any man who has sufficient retentions to entitle him to a seat upon the editorial tripod of the Times,
would have had sense enough to entertain some doubt in such a case as this, where the person or persons had not been on board the Merrimac
, and could not possibly know the extent of the damage sustained by her. The fact is, that although the vessel in question received at least one hundred shot of the heaviest weight — some of them rifled, and one weighing upwards of one hundred and sixty pounds--fired at very short distances, sometimes not more than fifteen feet--they affected nothing more than so many indentations upon her armor.
In some places — from the heat and weight of the shot — the plates were welded together.
In other places, the plates were broken, but not broken through, and the damage was repaired by simply taking off the injured plates and putting on others.
Her prow, which was made of cast iron, was broken when she ran into the Cumberland
, but she supplied herself with a better one.
So far from flying herself, she made the Monitor
tuck tail and run into shoal water, under the protection of the guns of Fortress Monroe
, and there she still lies, not daring to poke her nose outside, in spite of the Virginia
's insults and challenges.
In the whole course of the war there has never been baser or more palpable lying, on the part of the Yankees
, than that in connection with this fight.
And yet Yankee mendacity has been unbounded, and continues to be so. We have before us the dispatch of General Beauregard
, announcing the capture of 3,000 prisoners and fourteen guns at Shiloh
; and yet the Yankees
are offering up thanks to heaven for a splendid victory!--What they say or do is a matter of very little importance to us; but it is a little hard that foreign journals, knowing their mendacious propensities, and often commenting upon them in terms of just indignation, should yet give them currency.