The air at night was quite cool and on the deck was rather unpleasant sleeping but I made out - Next day about 10 we came in sight of fortress monroe where we remained some 2 hours1 anchored off the port which looked fierce with its line of non bull dogs pointing out plainly in view - There were a number of vessells at anchor among which we plainly discovered the English flag on a Man of War and a French Ship - We soon started up James river and after going up a little saw the wrecks of two of the Federal Steamers the Cumberland and one ohter which our Famous gunboat Merimac overthrew2. Their remains were above water
1 Fort Monroe is located in Hampton Virginia and served as a fort to guard shipping between the sea and the Chesapeake Bay. It was nicknamed “Freedom’s Fortress” for any slave reaching the fort became free.
2 The Merrimack was destroyed by the Federals in 1861 but salvaged by Confederate forces and converted into an ironclad ship renamed the USS Virginia. In March of 1862, the USS Virginia sank the Cumberland and shelled the Congress into submission.
Image of Ft. Monore
Modern day image of Ft. Monore
Image of the Chesapeake Bay Blockade
Image of the Merrimack