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A five-hour battle raged between the two ships, ending in a tactical draw. Deprived of its base by the Confederate Army's evacuation of Norfolk and with too much draft to retreat up the james River, the Virginia was run aground and blown up on the morning of Il May. On 23 May, Marine Captain Charles McCawley (later the 8th Commandant of the Marine Corps) was ordered to take his Marines and reoccupy the Gosport Yard at Norfolk. Four days after the destruction of the Virginia had opened the James River.
Farragut that took New Orleans. Once Farragut's flotilla had run the batteries along the Mississippi which afforded protection for the city, he dropped anchor and ordered Marine Captain John L. Broome to take a detachment ashore. On the following day Broome and his Marines landed, marched through a crowd of threatening people, and occupied the United States mint. They then lowered the Confederate flag, and replaced it with that of the Union. On 29 April, all the Marines of the flotilla were landed and formed into a battalion of four companies under Captain Broome.
Young unseasoned coinbat officers and a low level manpower aggregate adversely affected the Marine Corps' ability to serve at its best during one of the Nation's greatest hours of need. On 20 December 1860, the South Carolina Convention voted unanimously for secession and formally severed the bonds which had joined that state to the Union. Following the lead of South Carolina, Mississippi. Florida, and Ala- thetic to the southern cause, readily accepted these resignations with little apparent concern.