The fall of Norfolk and the material recovered helped the Confedercy a great deal. This did great damage to the Federal Navy. Was there anything the Federal government could have done to hold Norfolk, move more material out of Norfolk, or do a better job of destroying the material? The Merrimack had steam up and might have been able to leave port. Many people blame Commodore McCauley for he whole mess, is this criticism fair? I am not sure McCauley had the forces necessary to hold Norfolk and I am not sure if enough Federal forces could have been sent to him.