an foresight could guard.
While the Nation awards cheerful honors to the living, she will ever hold in grateful remembrance the memory of the gallant and lamented dead, who perilled their lives for their country and died in her cause.
To you and the brave officers and sailors of your squadron, who participated in this great achievement, the Department tenders its thanks and those of the Government and country.
Very respectfully, etc., Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy. Rear-Admiral David G. Farrgaut, Commanding West Gulf Blockading Squadron, Mobile Bay.
Fort Morgan remained yet to be captured, and all the necessary steps were being taken to bring about this desired object.
The Army, under General Granger, had been transferred from Dauphine Island to its rear.
Admiral Farragut had also landed four 9-inch guns in the rear of the fort, under the command of Lieutenant H. B. Tyson, of the Hartford, and manned with crews from the Hartford, Brooklyn, Richmond and Lackawanna