epared for the wounded, and extended to those unfortunates all the solicitude and care that a generous nature could dictate.
Ensign Pendleton, my aide and signal officer, afforded me great assistance, being always prompt and active in his duties.
To our pilot, Mr. Christopher Lawrence, great credit is due for the handsome manner he piloted the ship.
I ought to mention, before closing this report, that I was particularly pleased with the cheerful bearing and aid afforded me by Capt. E. A. Denicke, of the Army Signal Corps, in watching and pointing out the effect of our shot in the batteries and upon the rebel ram and gun-boats.
In accordance with your directions, I also send a separate report in regard to those men who were most conspicuous for good conduct and gallantry in the action.
It is taken mostly from the report of Lieutenant-Commander Lull, the executive officer.
Congratulating you upon the handsome result of the day, I remain, etc., James Alden.