Sunday, December 18, 2011

From Fort Monroe


The Old Point Boat has arrived, she left Fort Monroe about 8 o’clock last night.  The Merrimac is confidently expected with other gunboats, the first favorable day.  Weather cold and foggy.

Latest news from Yorktown by telegraph 8th, is that everything is progressing satisfactorily, and a battle is expected within a day or two.

The American’s special correspondent says: The storm which arose on Monday afternoon and continued through Tuesday, doubtless prevented the Merrimac coming out, as she intended.  She is now looked for confidently as soon as the weather permits.  A gentleman who was on board the steamer Roncocoas when she went up with a flag of truce on Monday, says the Merrimac was then lying off Craney Island.  The Yorktown, Jamestown, Teaser and four small tugs were in company with her, all under steam, no particular change in the appearance of the Merrimac was noticed.  It was the impression of those on board the Roncocoas the whole fleet were on their way down when the flag of truce appeared.  The storm must have been severely felt in the army now advancing up the Peninsula deprived as they are to a great extent of shelter, or tents, exposed to a constant watchfulness in the face of the enemy.  The roads not too good before, will be brought to a horrible condition, and the public must be patient in expecting an early result in this direction.

– Published in The Davenport Daily Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, Thursday Morning, April 10, 1862, p. 1

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