At the moment when the Confederates evacuated Manassas a strange naval battle occurred in Hampton Roads.
The Confederates had raised the sunken Merrimac in the Gosport navy-yard and converted it rginia, commanded by Captain Buchanan, late of the United States navy.
She had gone down to Hampton Roads and destroyed (March 8, 1862) the wooden
Map of Hampton Roads. sailing frigates Congress aHampton Roads. sailing frigates Congress and Cumberland, at the mouth of the James River, and it was expected she would annihilate other ships there the next morning.
Anxiously the army and navy officers of that vicinity passed the night ofcted 25 feet, by which protection was afforded
Battle between the monitor and Merrimac, in Hampton Roads. the anchor, propeller, and rudder.
The whole was built of 3-inch iron, and was very buoyanangle of about 10°. The deck was well armed also.
Such was the strange craft that entered Hampton Roads from the sea, under the command of Lieut. John L. Worden (q. v.), unheralded and unknown, at