a landing was effected unopposed, under the direction of Colonel Cram
The water was so shallow that the troops were compelled to pass ashore on platforms laid on old canal barges.
The entire movement was successful; and at eight o'clock in the morning General Wool
, accompanied by the President
and the two Secretaries
, and Generals Mansfield
, took command in person.
The infantry were immediately pushed forward to secure the bridge over Tanner's Creek
They found it on fire, and received shot from cannon on the opposite side of the stream.
Supposing this to indicate intended opposition, the artillery was hurried forward, but on its arrival the foe had disappeared.
The troops pushed forward, and at five o'clock in the afternoon reached the lines of the strongly intrenched camp of the Confederates
, where they found twenty-nine
Wool's Landing-place at Ocean view. |
mounted cannon, but no troops.
Onward they marched, and just before reaching the city they were met by a flag of truce, heralding the approach of the Mayor
with a proposition to surrender the town.
had been instructed not to attempt to hold the city against any demonstration of National troops; and when he was informed that Wool
had landed at Ocean View, he turned over Norfolk
to the keeping of Mayor Lamb
, and with his troops fled towards Richmond
was formally surrendered to General Wool
; and from the City Hall he issued an order announcing the fact, appointing General Viele Military Governor
, and directing that all the rights and privileges of peaceable citizens should be carefully protected.
The venerable commander then rode back to Ocean View (thus making a journey on horseback that day of thirty-five miles), and reached Fortress Monroe
at near midnight with the pleasing intelligence of his success, for the anxious President
and Secretary of War
On the following morning he