tion and valor.
The Department congratulates you on your success, and is proud to see in the younger members of the corps such evidence of energy and gallantry and execution and ability, scarcely surpassed by those of more age and experience. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy.
Cushing also came in for a share of commendation for his success on the Nansemond, and Secretary Welles was no less enthusiastic in his praise than in the case of Lieutenant Lamson:
Navy Department, May 4. 1863.
Sir — Your gallantry and meritorious services during the recent demonstrations of the enemy on the Nansemond, and in co-operating with the Army, are entitled to the especial notice and commendation of the Department.
Your conduct on this occasion adds additional lustre to the character you had already established for valor in the face of the enemy.
The energy and ability displayed by yourself and the officers and men under your command in defence of the lower Nansemond are most cr