ficers and men who served under him, as will appear from the following letter written after the surrender of Vicksburg.
[detailed report of Acting-Rear-Admiral Porter.]
U. S. Mississippi Squadron, Flag-Ship Black Hawk, off Vicksburg, July 13, 1863.
Sir — I have made reports to the Department of the different actions that have occurred on this river since the investment of Vicksburg; and it now remains for me to give credit to the different officers who have participated in the eventvant, David D. Porter, Acting Rear-Admiral, Commanding Mississippi Squadron. Hon. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy, Washington, D. C.
Congratulatory letter to Rear--Admiral Porter on the surrender of Vicksburg.
Navy Department, July 13, 1863.
Sir-Your dispatch of the 4th instant announcing the surrender of Vicksburg on the anniversary of the great historic day in our national annals, has been received.
The fall of that place insures a severance of the rebel territory, and m
ous to avoid when circumstances brought them near together.
On many occasions a few gun-boats were of more advantage than a division of soldiers would have been.
Vessels employed at Vicksburg during the siege, with list of officers.
Names of vessels, officers, etc., are obtained from the Navy Register of January, 1863, unless some other date is appended thus (1864), (1865). Officers who received favorable notice in Admiral Porter's official report, dated July 13, 1863 (concerning the fall of Vicksburg and operations on the river), are marked thus*.
Flag-ship Black Hawk (3d rate).
*Lieutenant-Commander, K. R. Breese; Fleet-Surgeon, Ninian Pinkney; Assistant Surgeon, J. C. Bertolette; Acting-Assistant Paymaster, W. H. Sells; Ensigns, W. B. Bridgeman, Merrill Miller, S. H. Hunt and G. M. Brown; Acting Ensigns, G. D. Gove, W. Wardrop, E. Wv. Clark, R. R. Hubbell and D. P. Rosenmiller; Acting-Master's Mates, F. J. Turner, P. H. Brown, James DeCamp, C