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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 33: (search)
ut the capture of the Atlanta seemed to have smoothed all this away, and Admiral Dupont's friends hoped on his arrival in Washington he would be appointed to some important command where he could give the country the benefit of his talents and experience. On his retirement from the command of the squadron, Mr. Secretary Welles wrote the Admiral the following letter, which would seem to indicate that if he had ever had any feeling against Dupont he had outgrown it: Navy Department, June 26, 1863. Sir-The Department has received your several dispatches announcing the capture of the rebel ironclad steamer Fingal, alias Atlanta, and enclosing the detailed reports of Captain John Rodgers and Commander John Downes of the affair. I take occasion to express the Department's appreciation of your prompt measures to prepare for the expected appearance of the rebel iron-clad by sending off Savannah two of our own ably commanded ships, and congratulate you on the acquisition of so pow