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Craney Island (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 12
red that its execution would oblige him to abandon immediately his forts on Craney Island, at Sewell's Point, and their guns to the enemy. I informed him that, as tve been abandoned: I despatched Lieut. J. P. Jones, the Flag-Lieutenant, to Craney Island, where the confederate flag was still flying, and he there learned that a l was treating for its surrender. On returning to the ship, he found that Craney Island and all the other batteries on the river had been abandoned. It was now nd flag-lieutenants, to save the crew for future service by landing them at Craney Island, the only road for retreat open to us, and to destroy the ship, to prevent e ship was accordingly put on shore as near the mainland in the vicinity of Craney Island as possible, and the crew landed. She was then fired, and after burning fiederate States Steamer Virginia, on the morning of May eleventh, 1862, near Craney Island, respectfully report that it was effected by the order and under the superv
Norfolk (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 12
's ascending it. Gen. Huger, commanding at Norfolk, on learning that I had received this order, raphed me to endeavor to afford protection to Norfolk as well as the James River, which replaced mee when his preparations for the evacuation of Norfolk were sufficiently advanced to enable me to acOn the seventh instant Corn. Hollins reached Norfolk, with orders from you to communicate with me orings near Sewell's Point, and I returned to Norfolk to hold the conference referred to. It was should continue, for the present, to protect Norfolk, and thus afford time to remove the public pred on Bay Shore, and were marching rapidly on Norfolk; that Sewell's Point battery was abandoned, as officers had left by railroad. On reaching Norfolk he found that Gen. Huger and all the other ofcted. 2. It being clearly in evidence that Norfolk being evacuated, and Flag-Officer Tatnall havhe court is of opinion that the evacuation of Norfolk, the destruction of the Navy-Yard and other p
Richmond (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 12
of the fourth and fifth instant, directing me to take such a position in the James River as would entirely prevent the enemy's ascending it. Gen. Huger, commandinou telegraphed me to endeavor to afford protection to Norfolk as well as the James River, which replaced me in my original position. I then arranged with the Generan with a draft of eighteen feet as high as Westover, near Harrison's Bar, in James River, (whither he designed to take her,) which they previously stated they could g-Officer Tatnall having been instructed to prevent the enemy from ascending James River, the Virginia, with very little more, if any, lessening of draft, after ligh extending three feet under water, could have been taken up to Hog Island in James River, (where the channel is narrow,) and could then have prevented the larger vesems to have precluded the consideration of the possibility of getting her up James River to the point or points indicated. The Court of Inquiry, of which Captain
Fortress Monroe (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 12
for the next day, the eighth; but, on that day, before the hour appointed, the enemy attacked the Sewell's Point battery; and I left immediately with the Virginia to defend it. We found six of the enemy's vessels, including the iron-clad steamers Monitor and Naugatuck, shelling the battery. We passed the battery, and stood directly for the enemy, for the purpose of engaging him, and I thought an action certain, particularly as the Minnesota and Vanderbilt, which were anchored below Fortress Monroe, got under way and stood up to that point apparently with the intention of joining their squadron in the Roads. Before, however, we got within gun-shot, the enemy ceased firing, and retired with all speed under the protection of the guns of the fortress, followed by the Virginia, until the shells from the Rip Raps passed over her. The Virginia was then placed at her moorings near Sewell's Point, and I returned to Norfolk to hold the conference referred to. It was held on the nint
Westover (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 12
nvestigation of the evidence connected with the destruction by fire of the confederate States Steamer Virginia, on the morning of May eleventh, 1862, near Craney Island, respectfully report that it was effected by the order and under the supervision of Flag-Officer Tatnall, after her draft had been reduced to twenty feet six inches, and on the representations of the pilots that in consequence of recent prevalent westerly winds, she could not be taken with a draft of eighteen feet as high as Westover, near Harrison's Bar, in James River, (whither he designed to take her,) which they previously stated they could do. 1. The destruction of the Virginia was, in the opinion of the court, unnecessary at the time and place it was effected. 2. It being clearly in evidence that Norfolk being evacuated, and Flag-Officer Tatnall having been instructed to prevent the enemy from ascending James River, the Virginia, with very little more, if any, lessening of draft, after lightening her to twen
Suffolk, Va. (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 12
, to prevent her falling into the hands of the enemy. I may add that, although not formally consulted, the course was approved by every commissioned officer in the ship. There is no dissenting opinion. The ship was accordingly put on shore as near the mainland in the vicinity of Craney Island as possible, and the crew landed. She was then fired, and after burning fiercely fore and aft for upward of an hour, blew up a little before five on the morning of the eleventh. We marched for Suffolk, twenty-two miles, and reached it in the evening, and from thence came by railroad to this city. It will be asked what motives the pilots. could have had .to deceive me. The only imaginable one is that they wished to avoid going into battle. Had the ship not have been lifted so as to render her unfit for action, a desperate contest must have ensued with a force against us too great to justify much hope of success, and as battle is not their occupation, they adopted this deceitful cou
United States (United States) (search for this): chapter 12
imac. Official report of Commodore Tatnall. Richmond May 14, 1862. sir: In detailing to you the circumstances which caused the destruction of the confederate States steamer Virginia, and her movements a few days previous to that event, I begin with your telegraphic despatches to me of the fourth and fifth instant, direchmond, June 11. The Court of Inquiry convoked by the order of this Department of the twentieth ultimo, whereof French Forrest, Captain in the navy of the confederate States, is president, and which court convened at the city of Richmond on the twenty-second day of May, 1862, to investigate and inquire into the destruction of thted the following report: The court, after a full and careful examination and investigation of the evidence connected with the destruction by fire of the confederate States Steamer Virginia, on the morning of May eleventh, 1862, near Craney Island, respectfully report that it was effected by the order and under the supervision
Sewell's Point (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 12
d entirely prevent the enemy's ascending it. Gen. Huger, commanding at Norfolk, on learning that I had received this order, called on me and declared that its execution would oblige him to abandon immediately his forts on Craney Island, at Sewell's Point, and their guns to the enemy. I informed him that, as the order was imperative, I must execute it, but stated that he should telegraph you and state the consequences. He did so, and on the sixth instant you telegraphed me to endeavor to affgun-shot, the enemy ceased firing, and retired with all speed under the protection of the guns of the fortress, followed by the Virginia, until the shells from the Rip Raps passed over her. The Virginia was then placed at her moorings near Sewell's Point, and I returned to Norfolk to hold the conference referred to. It was held on the ninth, and the officers pressent were, Col. Anderson and Capt.----, of the army, selected by Gen. Huger, who was too unwell to attend himself; and of the nav
Robert E. Lee (search for this): chapter 12
ence referred to. It was held on the ninth, and the officers pressent were, Col. Anderson and Capt.----, of the army, selected by Gen. Huger, who was too unwell to attend himself; and of the navy, myself, Corn. Hollins, and Capts. Sterrett and Lee, Commander Richard L. Jones, and Lieuts. Ap Catesby Jones and J. Pembroke Jones. The opinion was unanimous that the Virginia was then employed to the best advantage, and that she should continue, for the present, to protect Norfolk, and thus aft a large force of the enemy had landed on Bay Shore, and were marching rapidly on Norfolk; that Sewell's Point battery was abandoned, and our troops were retreating. I then despatched the same officer to Norfolk, to confer with Gen. Huger and Capt. Lee. He found the navy-yard in flames, and that all its officers had left by railroad. On reaching Norfolk he found that Gen. Huger and all the other officers of the army had also left, that the enemy were within half a mile of the city, and that
Doc. 12.-the destruction of the Merrimac. Official report of Commodore Tatnall. Richmond May 14, 1862. sir: In detailing to you the circumstances which caused the destruction of the confederate States steamer Virginia, and her movements a few days previous to that event, I begin with your telegraphic despatches to me of the fourth and fifth instant, directing me to take such a position in the James River as would entirely prevent the enemy's ascending it. Gen. Huger, commanding at Norfolk, on learning that I had received this order, called on me and declared that its execution would oblige him to abandon immediately his forts on Craney Island, at Sewell's Point, and their guns to the enemy. I informed him that, as the order was imperative, I must execute it, but stated that he should telegraph you and state the consequences. He did so, and on the sixth instant you telegraphed me to endeavor to afford protection to Norfolk as well as the James River, which replaced m
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