a loss twice as great as that they suffered.
And in the ten days following the battle they marched but thirty-seven miles from the field, and then moved to the neighborhood of Richmond, only because the Federal gun-boats had possession of James River.
It is true that they left four hundred wounded in Williamsburg, because they had no means of transporting them; but an equal number of un-wounded Federal soldiers was brought of, with colors and cannon — the best evidences of successful fters.
Intelligence of the destruction of the iron-clad Virginia was received on the 14th.
I had predicted that its gallant commander, Commodore Tatnall, would never permit the vessel to fall into the hands of the enemy.
The possession of James River by the naval forces of the United States, consequent upon this event, and their attack upon the Confederate battery at Drury's Bluff, suggested the necessity of being ready to meet an advance upon Richmond up the river, as well as from the di