shells and the smoke from its own guns and the fire raging in the vicinity, making it a most hot place for suffering humanity.
2.30 o'clock.--The Monitor has lain out of action for nearly an hour, whilst the four larger vessels throw an occasional shot, all of which enter the works of the enemy, or explode within the woods.
The Rip Raps also keep up a constant cross-fire, throwing a large number of shells in the rear of the Point batteries, giving them the benefit of a cross-fire.
The Rip Rap battery has the range from Sewell's Point most perfectly.
2.45 o'clock.--The rebel monster Merrimac has just passed out from behind Sewell's Point, and is moving down slowly towards the Federal fleet.
Her black hull can be seen moving slowly along the shore, in front of the Craney Island batteries.
Simultaneously with the appearance of the Merrimac, the Monitor started up from behind the wooden vessels, and moved up to meet the enemy.
Dense volumes of smoke rolled from the pipes of th