ll well before.
To him, and to my staff, in their respective positions, I am indebted for the detail of my fleet.
Lieutenant J. Crittenden Watson, my flag-lieutenant, has been brought to your notice in former dispatches.
During the action he was on the poop, attending to the signals, and performed his duties, as might be expected, thoroughly.
He is a scion worthy the noble stock he sprang from, and I commend him to your attention.
My secretary, Mr. McKinley, and Acting-Ensign, H. H. Brownell, were also on the poop, the latter taking notes of the action, a duty which he performed with coolness and accuracy.
Two other acting-ensigns of my staff, Mr. Bogart and Mr. Higinbotham, were on duty in the powder division, and, as the reports will show, exhibited zeal and ability.
The latter, I regret to add, was severely wounded by a raking shot from the Tennessee when we collided with that vessel.
and died a few hours after.
Mr. Higinbotham was a young married man, and has left