|(U.S. Navy Historical Center)|
|U.S.S. Merimac before it was transformed into the C.S.S.Virginia.|
(Library of Congress)
March 9, 1862
Telegraphed to the True Delta
The Cumberland Sunk.
The Federal Frigate Congress Driven
The Federal Gunboats Have Attacked Sewell's Point Without Effect.
Richmond, March 8 - Reliable intelligence has been received in official quarters, which states that the iron-clad steamer Merrimac, now known by the name of the Virginia, engaged the Federal frigate Cumberland to-day and sunk her. She also drove the Federal frigate Congress on shore.
Our musquito fleet is performing wonderfully well.
The Federal gunboats made an attack on Sewell's Point to-day without effect.
Mobile, March 8 - A private dispatch to me from Petersburg, says "Glorious News!" The Merrimac, alias the Virginia, has destroyed the two Federal frigates blockading James river at Newport News. Lively times expected in the morning.
[We are indebted to Mr. L. F. Zanizinger, the gentlemanly and obliging manager of the Mobile Telegraph Office, for the above dipatch, which confirms the press dispatch from Richmond] - Rep.