, the loss to the Federal side was small; but never was there a better commanded affair, and Lamson gives due credit to those of his officers and men who were engaged in it.
Though the work of the Navy in this affair is lightly spoken of by the Army authorities, the Secretary of the Navy saw in it something worth noticing, and he issued the following communication, which in part repaid Lieutenant Lamson for the hard work he had performed throughout the campaign:
Navy Department, April 4, 1863.
Sir — Your recent important and meritorious services on the upper Nansemond deserve the special commendation of the Department.
The ability displayed in the discharge of the important and responsible duties which devolved on the naval force during the late demonstration of the enemy reflected the greatest credit upon yourself and the officers and men under your command.
Their zeal and courage in the hazardous positions in which they were placed have not failed to receive the approb