MARCH 5, 1865: The next morning, March 5th, Glisson replied to the secretary: "Your telegram was received this morning at fifteen minutes after midnight; blowing a gale of wind at the time. The USS Aries sailed at daylight this morning. The monitors are expected every moment from Cape Fear, and I shall send them up the river immediately."
One of the monitors from the southern stations, the USS Sangamon, arrived in Hampton Roads that afternoon and sped up the James--a quick response to Grant's request. Within several days three additional monitors joined the Union James River squadron.