FORT MONROE, May 2.
A refugee from Norfolk left last night in a row boat, and arrived here this A. M.
Com. Tatnall received sealed orders on Monday, and sailed, but opening them in Elizabeth river, he found he was ordered to run the blockade and proceed to York River. He therefore returned to Norfolk and immediately resigned his commission together with his chief officers.
There was a general expectation in Norfolk that the Merrimac would come out at once.
There are 6,000 or 7,000 rebel troops under Hugher [sic], between Pig Point and Norfolk. Three companies in Portsmouth rebelled a few days since. It is also reported that part of Gen. Magruder’s forces had mutinied at Williamsburg.
A torpedo has been constructed at Norfolk, calculated to be managed under water by one man, and be propelled by him under the vessel to be destroyed. It is said to be five or six feet long.
– Published in The Davenport Daily Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, Monday Morning, May 5, 1862, p. 1