he Virginia, who had advised him to return to Norfolk when he did, and of the replies that he received, that of Lieutenant Hunter Davidson, dated October 25, 1862, was the most interesting, as it emphasized the fact that the Monitor retired to shoal water some time before the Virginia was headed for Norfolk.
Lieutenant Jones, in his letter to Lieutenant Davidson, said: The action lasted four hours. We had run into the Monitor, causing us to leak, and received a shot from her which came near ding the machinery, but continued to fight her until she was driven into shoal water.
The following is a portion of Lieutenant Davidson's letter: It can be found on pages 60 and 61:
The Monitor engaged so much of your attention you had little taptain 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.
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