We had then no defenses on the James River below Drewry's Bluff, about seven miles distant from Richmond.
There an earthwork had been constructed and provided with an armament of four guns.
Rifle pits had been made in front of the fort, and obstructions had been placed in the river by driving piles and sinking some vessels.
The crew of the Virginia, after her destruction, had been sent to this fort, which was then in charge of Commander Farrand, Confederate States Navy.
On April 15th the enemy's fleet of five ships of war, among the number their much-vaunted Monitor, took position and opened fire upon the fort between seven and eight o'clock. Our small vessel, the Patrick Henry, was lying above the obstruction, and cooperated with the fort in its defense—the Monitor and the ironclad Galena steamed up to about six hundred yard's distance; the others, wooden vessels were kept at long range.
The armor of the flagship Galena was badly injured, and many of the crew kille