wn passed with the prizes.
On the 8th of May, when the Merrimac had returned to Norfolk for supplies, a squadron consisting of the Monitor, Naugatuck and Galena (iron-clads) and five large men-of-war, commenced to bombard our batteries at Sewell's Point.
The Merrimac immediately left Norfolk for the scene of conflict.
As she approached the squadron at full speed the Vanberbilt, one of the fastest steamers then afloat, which, we understood, had been fitted with a prow especially for rammingn this position, offering battle, and protecting the approaches to Norfolk and Richmond, and then went up to the Navy Yard to water.
I think it was on the 8th day of May that Flag-officer Goldsborough took advantage of her absence to bombard Sewell's Point with a number of his vessels—the Monitor, Galena, and Naugatuck included—all three ironclads.
When the fact was known in Norfolk, the Merrimac cast off from her moorings and steamed down to take a hand in the fight.
As soon as her smoke was
d to you the essential facts about the Battle in Hampton Roads between the Confederate ironclad, Virginia (Merr frigates Congress and Cumberland, then lying in Hampton Roads.
She was commanded by Admiral Franklin Buchanant that the Merrimac was disabled and driven from Hampton Roads into Norfolk is entirely incorrect and absurb.
ch might have been made.
When the Merrimac left Hampton Roads for Norfolk, the Monitor had passed over the baror the expected fray, the Merrimac again went to Hampton Roads.
The Monitor was laying at our moorings, at thers from those engaged in the naval operations in Hampton Roads from March 8, 1862, to May 6, 1862.
I command offer battle to the Federal fleet then lying in Hampton Roads, or below Old Point.
The Merrimac was the only uld have foundered.
She could not have lived in Hampton Roads in a moderate gale.
I served in the Palmetto erfully, that the Monitor made her appearance in Hampton Roads at a critical time—the night of the 8th of March