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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 2: bombardment and fall of Fort Sumter.--destruction of the Norfolk Navy Yard by the Federal officers. (search)
had sent in their resignations and abandoned their posts. The mechanics, following their example, had left the yard in a body, and persons had even come in from outside and possessed themselves of the Government arms. It was reported that several thousand men were organizing for the purpose of seizing the yard. The powder had been taken from the Government magazine near Norfolk, and batteries were being erected along the approaches to the Navy Yard, and hulks sunk in the channel near Craney Island and Sewell's Point, three light boats having been used for the purpose; and this was done, notwithstanding the Commandant of the yard had ample force to have prevented it. Actual war existed between the Government and the inhabitants of Norfolk, who were doing all in their power to destroy public property and obstruct the public highway. Worse than all, the Merrimac, Germantown and Plymouth had been scuttled by orders. All the guns in the Navy Yard had been spiked, with the exception
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 12: fight between the Merrimac and Monitor, March 8, 1862. (search)
2, the iron-clad got under way and proceeded down Elizabeth River. cheered by hundreds of people who crowded the banks, and as she passed Map showing Fortress Monroe, Newport news, Chesapeake Bay, James River, and surrounding country. Craney Island and through the obstructions, the ramparts of the fort were lined with soldiers who shouted success to her until their throats were hoarse. Thus the Merrimac started off with all the glamor of success, for there was no one on board who doubtmade every preparation to destroy the Minnesota, determined that she should not fall into the hands of the enemy. Capt. Van Brunt goes on to say: A short time after the Merrimac and her consorts had changed their course, and were heading for Craney Island. In writing history it is no more than fair that both sides should have a hearing. Lieut. Greene, in his report to the Secretary of the Navy, dated March 12, 1862. says: At 8 A. M. perceived the Merrimac underway and standing towards
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 34: (search)
y. attack on Sewell's Point by Flag-officer Goldsborough. evacuation of Sewell's Point and Craney Island. Merrimac blown up by the Confederates, June 11. Susquehanna, Seminole and Dakota anchor bed at Willoughby's Point. All the works on Sewell's Point were evacuated, and also those at Craney Island, and early in the morning of the 11th the Merrimac was blown up. Thus ended the farce of he vessels at Hampton Roads. Flag-officer Goldsborough, supposing that Sewell's Point and Craney Island might not have surrendered, ordered all the fleet to get underway and proceed to the attack e, he sent Lieutenant Selfridge in a tug to Sewell's Point, and Commander Case in another to Craney Island, to ascertain the position of affairs. Selfridge landed at Sewell's Point and found that rted, on which he hoisted the American flag on the ramparts. When Commander Case arrived at Craney Island he also found the forts deserted. Two Confederate flags were still flying over the works, w