[from the diary of Matthella Page Harrison as copied at a later date]
Mary and Lizzie left for the Vineyard today. Cousin Mary and I rode up to
Longwood where we dined, then to the Briars in the evening to see the girls
who had just come home. On dit Norfolk is taken. I cannot believe it. Some-
one heard two officers conversing together on the street about the report.
One sneered at it and said it was not so; also, that the Merrimac had come up
with the Turtle and sunk two vessels and taken eight hundred prisoners.