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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 44: battle of Mobile Bay. (search)
ill there were no evidences of hesitation in following their commander-in-chief through the line of torpedoes and obstructions, of which we knew nothing, except from the exaggerations of the enemy, who had given out that we should all be blown up as certainly as we attempted to enter. For this noble and implicit confidence in their leader he heartily thanks them. D. G. Farragut, Rear-Admiral Commanding W. G. B. Squadron. General order, no. 13. Flag-Ship Hartford, Mobile Bay, August 7, 1864. The Admiral desires the fleet to return thanks to Almighty God for the signal victory over the enemy on the morning of the 5th instant. D. G. Farragut, Rear-Admiral Commanding W. G. B. Squadron. It is not always that the sailors and petty officers who have taken part in a naval battle have full justice done them, although they may have shown as much courage as any of their officers. There never was a case where sailors showed more true heroism than at the battle of Mobile Bay