Thanksgiving service on the ‘Virginia,’ March 10, 1862.
[The following has been furnished by a participant in the impressive exercises chronicled.]It would seem that everything had already been said that history would care to remember of this famous iron-clad monster of the ocean; and yet the labors of the future historical compiler would be  incomplete without the following account of a most impressive scene that occurred on board of the Confederate steam frigate Virginia (nee Merrimac, U. S. N.) at the Gosport Confederate States Navy Yard, in grateful acknowledgment to Almighty God for the distinguished victory gained in Hampton Roads on Saturday and Sunday, the 8th and 11th days of March, 1862. This most appropriate and solemn service of praise and grateful adoration was offered on the gun-deck of the steamer, at the special request of the officers and crew—all hands being there assembled—at 12 o'clock noon, on Monday, March 10th, by the Rev. J. H. D. Wingfield, the assistant rector of Trinity Church, Portsmouth, Va.
How Major J. N. Opie led a charge. [from the Richmond Dispatch, November 29, 1891.]
The Confederate army. [from the Richmond Dispatch, September 13, 1891.]Its Number—Troops furnished by States—its losses by States, and contrasted with Grant's forces in 1865.
 To get information to answer this question we wrote to General Marcus J. Wright, agent of the War Department, in the collection and compilation of Confederate records, and he answered as follows:
 The great disparity between the forces of Grant and Lee in 1865 is exhibited in the following reminiscence of Hon. Thomas S. Bocock, who died August 5, 1891, near Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia. It is a report in the Dispatch of August 15, 1891, of an interview with Dr. J. D. Pendleton, clerk of the Senate of Virginia: Some time during the earlier part of 1865 General John C. Breckinridge, then Secretary of War of the Confederate States, invited the Virginia delegation in the House of Representatives to meet him at the War Department for the purpose of holding a conference with them on a matter of grave importance, in which they were vitally interested. Mr. Bocock was then Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Confederate Congress and accompanied the delegation.
Mr. Bocock and some friends were invited to a supper at the Exchange Hotel to be given by the sheriff of one of the upper counties, but the sheriff who had been fighting ‘the tiger,’ had lost his thousands of ‘Confederate shucks,’ and failed to put in an appearance. Mr. Bocock and Dr. Pendleton were present, however, and a few other invited guests. Mr. Bocock was a fine talker, and while the evening waned entertained the gentlemen with an account of the visit of the Virginia delegation in Congress to Secretary-of-War Breckinridge in his office at the War Department. General Breckinridge said that General Robert E. Leel had written to President Davis stating that he only had on his rolls about forty-six thousand men fit for duty; that General Grant's forces were of such superiority in numbers that he could make a united attack along his (Lee's) entire line from Richmond to his right flank in Dinwiddie county and yet have a sufficient force to turn his flank and attack his rear. These considerations made one of two things imperative—either to have reinforcements or retire with his army from the State of Virginia and surrender the Confederate capital.