er the Merrimac and the two other steamers headed for my ship, and I then felt to the fullest extent my condition.
The language of Captain Van Brunt, although differently expressed, is in substance the same as that of Lieutenants Catesby Jones and Hunter Davidson—that the Monitor retired from the engagement before the Virginia did.
The following items as to the anchor and beams of the first iron-clad, which revolutionized naval warfare, may be of interest to add:
Norfolk, Va., January 25.—As the result of her mud hook getting afoul of something in Hampton Roads yesterday a fishing schooner was the innocent cause of the discovery of the lost anchor and chain of the Confederate armor clad Merrimac, or Virginia .
The stock in the anchor is black walnut.
Live Oak was generally used, but this material ran out during the war, and other kinds of wood had to be used.
The stock is of two pieces, shaped in the centre to fit around the shank, between the shoulders, and the two
claims were made for the Monitor, and later on that such claims were not founded upon fact.
Chief Engineer Stimers, of the Monitor, in a letter to Commodore Joseph Smith, under date of March 17th, page 27, says: We fired nothing but solid cast-iron shot, and when we were directly abeam of her (Merrimac) and hit her our shot went right through her.
Assistant Secretary of the Navy, G. V. Fox, in a telegram to Major-General George B. McClellan, at Fairfax Courthouse, dated Navy Department, March 13th, page 100, says:
The Monitor is more than a match for the Merrimac, but she might be disabled in the next encounter. * * * The Monitor may, and I think will, destroy the Merrimac in the next fight, but this is hope, not certainty.
Despite these expressions, which are about the strongest that are to be found in the volume of records, the claim is here made that—
1. The monitor on the 9th of March, 1862, was the first to retire from the engagement with the Virginia.
2. That the Mon