the poop, the latter taking notes of the action, a duty which he performed with coolness and accuracy.
Two other acting-ensigns of my staff, Mr. Bogart and Mr. Higinbotham, were on duty in the powder division, and, as the reports will show, exhibited zeal and ability.
The latter, I regret to add, was severely wounded by a raking shot from the Tennessee when we collided with that vessel.
and died a few hours after.
Mr. Higinbotham was a young married man, and has left a widow and one child, whom I commend to the kindness of the Department.
Lieutenant A. R. Yates, of the Augusta, acted as an additional aid to me on board the Hartford, and was was very, for which I would beg you to recommend him to the Honorable Secretary of the Navy.
The last shell fired at us — that from the ram — killed my clerk, Ensign W. H. Higinbotham.
Although this was the first time he had been in action, nothing, I am told, could exceed the coolness and zeal with which he performed his duties in th