and fought all through this battle with such indifference to danger that I was forced again and again to berate and threaten him for running needless risks.
Great gallantry was also shown by four troopers whom I cannot identify, and by Trooper Winslow Clark, of Troop G. It was after we had taken the first hill; I had called out to rush the second, and, having by that time lost my horse, climbed a wire fence and started towards it. After going a couple of hundred yards, under a heavy fire, I f we all ran back, while I ran back and started the regiment, and as soon as I did so the regiment came with a rush.
But meanwhile the five men coolly lay down in the open, returning the fire from the trenches.
It is to be wondered at that only Clark was seriously wounded, and he called out as we passed again to lay his canteen where he could reach it, but to continue the charge and leave him where he was. All the wounded had to be left until after the fight, for we could spare no men from th
the entire squadron, closing in rapidly, soon diverted this fire and did magnificent work at close range.
I have never before witnessed such deadly and fatally accurate shooting as was done by the ships of your command as they closed in on the Spanish squadron, and I deem it a high privilege to commend to you for such action as you may deem proper the gallantry and dashing courage, the prompt decision and skilful handling of their respective vessels of Captain Philip, Captain Evans, Captain Clark, and especially of my chief of staff, Captain Cook, who was directly under my personal observation, and whose coolness, promptness, and courage were of the highest order.
The dense smoke of the combat shut out from my view the Indiana and the Gloucester, but as these vessels were closer to your flag-ship no doubt their part in the conflict was under your immediate observation.
Eighth. Lieutenant Sharp, commanding the Vixen, acted with conspicuous courage; although unable to engage th