"Affairs at Norfolk and Portsmouth"
Charleston (S.C.) Mercury, May 1, 1861, reporting news from a lost issue of the Norfolk Herald.
The Charleston Mercury on May 1, 1861, reprinted several paragraphs from a lost issue of the Norfolk Herald reporting on events at the navy yard near Norfolk and at Fort Monroe at the mouth of the James River. The United States Army retained possession of Fort Monroe after the U.S. Navy abandoned the navy yard in mid-April 1861, set fire to some of the buildings, and scuttled the steam frigate USS Merrimack. Refloated and refitted later in the year, the Merrimack was rechristened CSS Virginia, one of the first ironclad warships in the world.