played an amount of courage and coolness which I have rarely seen equalled.
But the two men of whom I wish particularly to speak are Charles Melville and Thomas Fitzpatrick.
A rifle-shell burst between the two forward 9-inch guns, killing and wounding fifteen men. Charles Melville was among the wounded, and was taken down wi but came on deck almost immediately, and although scarcely able to stand, refused to go below, and worked at the gun during the remainder of the action.
Thomas Fitzpatrick, captain of No. 1 gun, was struck several times in the face by splinters, and had his gun disabled by a shell.
In a few minutes he had his gun in working oduct of the following petty officers and others of this vessel during the action of the 5th instant, which, I think, entitles then to the medal of honor:
Thomas Fitzpatrick, Coxswain; Charles Melville, Ordinary Seaman William E. Stanley, Shellman; William Pelham, Landsman; John McFarlan, Captain of Forecastle; James R. Garrison