It knocked me down for a second or so, but I got up and cheered my men, some of whom were panic-stricken by the shower of balls, though they rallied when I got them to the Teazer.
Send the signal book!
When I can be moved the doctors will send me to Richmond, where a spell of a few weeks will put me on my pins again.
Make my kind regards to Mrs. Brooke; and with the hope that you are in better health,
I am ever your friend, R. D. Minor.
Remember me to Volcke, to McCorkle, and Upshur.
The Commodore had the signal Sink before Surrender arranged before the action.
Tell this to Mallory, for I hardly think that old Buch.
will ever do so.
N. B.—There will doubtless be an attempt made to transfer the great credit of planning the Virginia to other hands than your own. So look out for them, for to you it belongs, and the Secretary should say so in communicating his report of the victory to Congress.
By no means must any captain or commodore or even flag-off