FORTRESS MONROE, March 26. – Contrabands state the rebel steamer Merrimac having been fully repaired was brought out of the dry dock on Monday morning, and that her crew had been placed on board and she was ready for action. – New guns of heavier metal than she used before have been place on board of her. The rebel steamer[s] Jamestown and Yorktown are also greatly strengthened and were fully prepared for action and ready to accompany the Merrimac. The flag of the Yorktown with a commodore’s pennant was flying when the contrabands left.
– Published in The Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, March 29, 1862, p. 3