Tindall believes Va grounded after Monitor withdrew


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Posted by Mabry Tyson on August 30, 2003 at 02:53:17:

In Reply to: Va. Grounded after Monitor withdrew? posted by Mabry Tyson on August 30, 2003 at 02:40:16:

The 1923 Tindall article indicates evidence that the Virginia was grounded some time after the Monitor withdrew.

Tindall bases this on Hunter Davidson's Oct. 25, 1862, letter to Jones:
"It was during the grounding of the Virginia that the Monitor received her coup-de-grace and hauled off on the shoals out of reach of our guns." * * * * * "When the Virginia was floated again, I was informed that the pilots declared that it was impossible for us to get nearer the Minnesota.."

That seems self-consistent but it does seem that this would have been so important that the other officers would have reported it.


Tindall states "One of the expedients used in the effort to release her from the shoal was the daring passing far out astern by means of two row boats, of two kedge anchors with cables attached to them which were then drawn in by capstans in the ship. That device in co-operation with the reversed action of the propeller eventually released her from her perilous position."

If this happened, then surely it was at a time that the Monitor was far away. He suggests that the boats were on the far side of the Virginia relative to the Monitor, so the Monitor couldn't see it. But then why didn't the Minnesota or other witnesses report it?

Tindall continues "From our position on the shore near the mouth of Hampton Creek, we could see with our naked eyes the rowing of the boats, but I never knew what was then being done until quite recently, when Captain Marmaduke informed me of the efforts to get the Virginia afloat by that means."

A bit more convincing, but still doesn't explain why no one else reports it in this fashion.



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