of the flotilla.
It would require too long an account to tell the whole story of this expedition, where fighting was carried on from the 12th of April to the 23d, where the sailors took their share of the fighting on shore, and where the gun-boats, under the incessant fire of the enemy, were nearly knocked to pieces.
But General Getty shall speak for himself.
On April 20th he writes as follows:
Headquarters, 3D Division, 9Th Corps, U. S. S. Stepping Stones, Nansemond River, April 20th, 1863. Admiral:
I beg to express my most sincere thanks to Captain Lamson, U. S. N., his officers and crews, for the gallantry, energy and ability displayed by them in the operations of yesterday, resulting in the capture of one of the enemy's batteries of five guns, on the west side of the Nansemond, and a number of prisoners.
All did their duty most handsomely.
Very respectfully, etc., George W. Getty, Brigadier-General, U. S. Volunteers. Rear-Admiral Lee.
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