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In Richmond, the Confederate Navy convenes a court of inquiry over the destruction of the Merrimac

U.S.S. Monitor and C.S.S. Virginia, March, 1862, artist's impression
05/22/1862
With the Union occupation of Norfolk, Captain Josiah Tatnall of the C.S.S. Virginia (the "Merrimac") evacuated and set the famous ironclad afire at her moorings near Craney Island at around four in the morning on May 11, 1862. Eleven days later, a Confederate States Navy board of enquiry convened in Richmond. It found three weeks later the decision to scuttle the Virginia too hasty but took no action against Tatnall or his officers.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
 Frank Moore, ed., The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc. (New York: G.P. Putnam, 1863), V: 46-47.

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