Mar. 8 location of Patrick Henry, etc.

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Posted by Mabry Tyson on January 14, 2004 at 01:05:22:

In Reply to: C.S.S. Virginia: Mistress of Hampton Roads - John V. Quarstein posted by Mabry Tyson on February 28, 2003 at 22:08:17:

p 77 indicates that Tucker's fleet was at "the entrance to the Warwick River near the tip of Mulberry Island". This must come from Rochelle's ORN report (ORN I 7 p. 50). I believe the book is wrong. That was their station for some time, but they went to "Day's Neck" (ORN I 7 p.51) on March 8. George Weber (crewman on the PH) wrote in a letter of 3/10/62:

> We hove anchor at 4 o'clock Friday morning and sailed down toward Newport News. We stopped at Day's Point the last of our batteries, which is 6 miles from Newp' News. Here a small boat, which had run the blockade during the night came alongside with despatches. One of the men told me that we need not expect the Merrimac (or rather Virginia) that day. We remained at Day's Point until she would come. The next day, Saturday afternoon at two o'clock we saw the frigates at Newport News engaged firing industriously at some object in their midst.

George Morris (Cumberland) wrote his report on 3/9/62 saying

> Yesterday morning, at nine A.M., I discovered two steamers at anchor off Smithfield Point, on the left-hand or western side of the river, distant about twelve miles.

The Coast Survey's 1882 map (online at NOAA) of that part of the James River (Sheet 1) indicates Day's Point, on Pagan Creek. The present-day city of Smithfield is near the mouth of this (now called Pagan River). Day's Point is on the north side of where Pagan Creek flowed into the James.

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