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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 52: operations about Charleston, 1865.--fall of Charleston, Savannah, etc. (search)
that had brought upon him so much labor and care, without his having accomplished what the Navy Department desired, the capture of Charleston by the fleet, a thing which under the circumstances was almost, if not quite, impossible. On the 23d of June, 1865, the Admiral was relieved from his command, and received the following complimentary letter from the Secretary of the Navy: Navy Department, June 23, 1865. Sir — Your dispatch of the 21st instant, reporting your arrival in WashingtoJune 23, 1865. Sir — Your dispatch of the 21st instant, reporting your arrival in Washington in pursuance of the authority of the Department, has been received. On the receipt hereof, you will haul down your flag and regard yourself as detached from the command of the South Atlantic Squadron, which you have conducted with ability and energy for two years. The Department takes the occasion to express to you its approbation of your services, and of the services of those who have been associated with you in efficient blockade of the coast and harbors at a central and important pos