Excerpt from Report of Flag Officer Buchanan
Sir: I have the honor to submit herewith copy of' the detailed report of Flag Officer Buchanan, of the brilliant triumph of his squadron over the vastly superior forces of the enemy, in Hampton Roads, on the 8th and 9th of March la... st, a brief report, by Lieut. Jones, of the battle of the 8th, having been previously made.
The conduct of the officers and men of the squadron, in this contest, re¿ects unfading honor upon themselves and upon the navy. The report will be read with deep interest, and its details will not fail to rouse the ardor and nerve the arms of our gallant seamen.
It will be remembered that the Virginia was a novelty in naval architecture, wholly unlike any ship that ever ¿oated; that her heaviest guns were equal novelties in ordnance; that her motive power and her obedience to her helm were untried, and her emeers and crew strangers, comparatively, to the ship and to each other; and yet, under all these dis advantages, the dashing courage and consummate protes sioual ability of Flag Officer Buchanan and his associates, achieved the most remarkable victory which naval annals record.
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