blockading the mouth of James river and cutting off communication from Norfolk.
The Congress frigate was lying near her, off the News; while the Minnesota lay below, under the guns of Fortress Monroe.
The Ericsson Monitor — the first of her class, and equally an experiment as her rebel rival-had come round a few days before to watch the Virginia, as the new iron-clad was now rechristened.
The great ship being ready, Flag-Officer Buchanan ordered the Jamestown, Captain Barney, and the Yorktown, Captain Tucker, down from Richmond; while he went out with the Raleigh and Beaufort --two of the smallest class of gunboats, saved by Captain Lynch from Roanoke Island.
This combined force-four of the vessels being frail wooden shells, formerly used as river passenger boats-carried only twenty-seven guns.
But Buchanan steamed boldly out, on the morning of the 8th of March, to attack an enemy carrying quite two hundred and twenty of the heaviest guns in the United States navy!
White House, 164, 167.
White Oak Swamp, 153, 162.
White, Professor, 281.
White, William, of Lexington, 406.
Whiting, General W. H. C., 155. Whittier, Colonel, of Humphreys's staff, 391.
Wickham family, the, 305.
Wigfall, Senator, of Texas, 332.
Wilcox's brigade at Gettysburg, 279-297.
Wilderness, battles of the, 329.
Wilderness tavern, 247, 329.
William and Mary College, 33.
William the Conqueror, 2, 141, 278.
Williams, General, Seth, 262, 389, 390.
Windsor Forest estate, 18.
Windsor, General, Charles, 180.
Wirtz, Captain, trial of, 407.
Wise, General Henry A., 76, xno, 113, 117, 118, 119, 123, 347.
Withers, John, 150.
Wolsey, Cardinal, mentioned, 65.
Wool, General John E., 34, 35.
Worth, General William J., 400.
Wright, General H. G., succeeds Sedgwick, 334.
Yellow Tavern, battle of, 337.
Young Napoleon, 114.
Ziegler's Grove at Gettysburg, 296.
Zook, General, killed at Gettysburg, 302.