Sunday, May 11, 1862
During the day two important events affected the activities of the men of the Twentieth Massachusetts Regiment. The regiment received an important visitor, General George McClellan, who visited the camp at Eltham's Landing. The regiment also received the news that the Confederate ironclad ship Merrimac had been destroyed by the Confederates when they abandoned Norfolk on May 9.1
1George A. Bruce, The Twentieth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry 1861 - 1865 (Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Riverside Press, 1906), 88.