Hillsborough Recorder (NC)
May 29, 1861
May 20—Between 1500 and 2000 Confederate troops were concentrated at Sewell’s
Point last night, but the Yankee mercenaries did not return, as apprehended,
and our men, who were actually eager for the fray, had nothing to do.
Thomas T. Hunter, commander of the Virginia Navy, under a flag of truce visited
the Federal fleet off Old Point Comfort, for the purpose of carrying to that
destination all the women and children who desire to join their Northern
families of the following, among other persons, left in the steamer:
L. T. Barnard, J. Lucas, Geo. Richard Boush, John Harbonner, Joseph D. Knapp, Thomas Nelson, Robert Gill,
John Butler, W. H. Lewis and James H. Hardwick.
West Point having accomplished its mission, Capt. Hunter, on his return,
reported the Monticello as having fared very badly in her engagement with our
battery at Sewell’s Point. The boat is
seriously damaged in both hull and machinery and it is thought that it will be
some time before she can indulge in another bombardment.
men were killed on board, and several badly wounded.
[Transcribed by Sharon Strout]