FORT MONROE, May 8, A. M.
The iron-clad ship-of-war Galena, and gunboats Arostook and Port Royal started up the James River this morning. They have passed Dog’s Point battery, and heavy firing has been heard up the river since their departure. They will cut off the river communication with the rebels south of the Chickamacomico. Instantly after the gunboats started the rebel tug J. B. White came out in front of Newport News, having left Norfolk this morning with a crew and two citizens on board, on a mission to Tannery Point. By previous consent, they ran over to Newport News and surrendered to Gen. Mansfield.
Sewall’s Point is being evacuated. The Monitor, Naugatuck and several gunboats have just left for Sewall’s Point.
– Published in The Davenport Daily Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, Saturday Morning, May 10, 1862, p. 1