Quibble: Missed event in surrender of Congress


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Posted by Mabry Tyson on January 14, 2004 at 03:52:56:

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:

Not an error but an omission in the amazingly complete details in this book.

p. 88 fails to detail the events as Parker tells them in his memoirs. Parker indicates that when the Congress raised the white flag,

"I immediately lowered a boat, and sent Midshipmen Mallory and Foreman with a boat's crew of three men to take possession of the prize and bring her commander on board the Beaufort. As the boat approached the Congress a marine at the gangway levelled his piece, and threatened to fire; but Mallory told him he was ordered to board the vessel and was "bound to do it," and pulled alongside. He and his companions got on board, and Midshipman Foreman hauled down the colors and brought them to me."

This was before Buchanan ordered the Beaufort to go alongside the Congress. Apparently the Beaufort sent the launch to the Congress before the Beaufort went to it. Parker didn't get the flag until he went alongside the Congress.

H. DeHaven Manley wrote "A young schoolmate of mine from N.C., named Foreman, came on board of the Congress, seized the flag that had been hauled down, and while passing from our ship to his own alongside of us was struck by a bullet and it is said fell dead with the flag in his hand."

Actually, Foreman survived the battle (dying in 1864).

The Norfolk Day-Book indicates that Parker brought the flag to Flag-Officer Forrest on the Harmony.



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