est of the war was in progress on the waters — a fight that not only ended in a great victory for the Confederacy, but revolutionized the art of naval warfare.
It was the fight between the Virginia (formerly the United States frigate Merrimac) and the Federal fleet, including the new iron-clad the Monitor, at Hampton Roads, in which the Virginia sunk the Congress, and disabled and sunk several smaller vessels, besides silencing all the guns at Newport News but one.
The evacuation of Norfolk necessitated the destruction of the ram Virginia, as she could not be brought up the James river.
The consternation was great when her loss was known-coming as it did so fast upon the heels of her triumph over the Federal fleet.
The flag captured by her was brought to the Executive mansion for the President to see. It was borne by Colonel John Taylor Wood, a gallant participant in the fight, and was a bunting flag of very fine quality and large size.
I took hold of it and found it damp