War of the Rebellion: Serial 009 Page 0018 OPERATIONS IN SOUTHEASTERN VIRGINIA. Chapter XIX.

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General Wool for operations in the North Carolina waters. It is presumed he will soon return with most of them. Until that period arrives this Department has no other force to place at Hampton Roads.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

EDWIN M. STANTON,

Secretary of War.

NAVY DEPARTMENT,

March 7, 1862-10 p. m.

Captain JOHN MARSTON,

Senior Naval Officer, Hampton Roads (via boat):

Send the St. Lawrence, Congress, and Cumberland immediately into the Potomac River.

Let the disposition of the remainder of the vessels at Hampton Roads be made according to you best judgment, after consultation with General Wool. Use steam to tow the up.

I will also try and send a couple of steamers from Baltimore to assist. Let there be no delay.

GIDEON WELLES,

Secretary Harrisburg,

NAVY DEPARTMENT,

March 8, 1862.

Captain JOHN MARSTON,

Senior Naval Officer, Hampton Roads:

The Assistant Secretary will be at Old Point by the Baltimore boat of this evening. Do not move the ships until further orders, which he will carry.

GIDEON WELLES.,

Secretary Navy.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF VIRGINIA.

Fort Monroe, Va., March 8, 1862-9-p. m.

Honorable GIDEON WELLES,

Secretary Navy, Washington, D. C.:

Consulting with General Wool, I have ordered the frigates out of the Roads-the St. Lawrence to the Potomac, Roanoke and Minnesota to New York, the latter being disabled. The Monitor, of course, remains. If there are any of those 11-inch gunboats (I think there are two in boston) please send them at once to this place. They can keep clear of the Merrimac and be of great assistance.

Nearly all here are of the opinion that the Merrimac is disabled. I was the nearest person to her, outside of the Monitor, and I am of opinion she is not seriously injured. I have sent a steamer for Commodore Goldsborough. I cannot see that anything more can be done by the Navy.

G. V. FOX.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

March 9, 1862.

HENRY B. RENWICK, Esq.,

21 Fifth Avenue, cover Ninth street, New York:

The Merrimac, an armor-clad vessel belonging to the rebels, issued from Norfolk yesterday, and captured several of the United States