t gives me great pleasure and gratification to be able to bear testimony to the zeal and intrepid conduct of the officers and crew of this vessel, during the desperate conflict and terrific fire through which they passed on the morning of the 24th instant.
Amid that storm of iron hail perfect order reigned; officers and men did their duty faithfully, and nobly sustained the well-earned reputation of the Navy and our glorious old flag, for which they fought so manfully.
The conduct of Thomas Gehegan, boatswain's mate and captain of the 11-inch gun, is worthy of mention, as well for the brave example he set his crew as by the faithful manner with which he served his gun, bringing up his own ammunition as soon as the men composing the powder division had been nearly all killed or wounded.
Acting-paymaster C. Stewart Warren acted as signal officer.
William H. Byrn, captain's clerk, attended to passing my orders.
Dr. L. M. Lyon, assistant surgeon, displayed great zeal and promptn