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The Daily Dispatch: July 25, 1862., [Electronic resource], The Destruction of the "Virginia"--Com Tatnall Acquitted. (search)
The Destruction of the "Virginia"--Com Tatnall Acquitted. The case of Captain Josiah Tatnall date commander of the steamer Virginia, which has occupied the attention of the Naval Court of Inquiry in this city for some time past, has at length been disposed of in a manner gratifying to that officer and his friends, whatever maation of Norfolk, it was, in the opinion of the Court, only necessary for the enemy to continue to refuse battle, as he had done since it was first offered by Captain Tatnall early in April, and thenceforward to keep a strict watch about the Virginia, in order, when her provisions were exhausted, to make her his prize and the crew his prisoners. Being thus situated, the only alternative, in the opinion of the Court, was to abandon and burn the ship, then and there, which, in the judgment of the Court, was deliberately and wisely done by order of the accused. Wherefore, the Court do award to the said Captain Josiah Tatnall an honorable acquittal.
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