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r a little before the Congress struck, and when I left the old beauty they were doing grand work with their guns on the Minnesota and shore batteries.
I did not think the Yankees on shore would fire at me on my errand to the Congress, but when in determined old Jones fought the action out in his quiet way, giving them thunder all the time.
As you supposed, the Minnesota and Roanoke came to the assistance of the two sailing frigates, but the former got aground, and the latter ran—actuallyned tail, and, as the sailors say, pulled foot for Old Point.
The St. Lawrence got a dose and cleared out, leaving the Minnesota alone in her sad plight, hard and fast aground, with some tugs trying to lighten her, and taking the fire from our squass of the Virginia. She destroyed the Cumberland in fifteen minutes, and in thirty more the Congress was captured.
The Minnesota would have shared the same fate, but she got aground, and the Virginia could not get at her.
In the Whig of March 22