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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 44: battle of Mobile Bay. (search)
od's best sayings, Not to be afraid of doing too much; those who are, seldom do as much as they ought. When in Pensacola, he spent days on the bar, placing the buoys in the best position, was always looking after the interests of the service, and keeping the vessels from being detained one moment longer in port than was necessary. The gallant Craven told me only the night before the action in which he lost his life: I regret, Admiral, that I have detained you; but had it not been for Captain Jenkins, God knows when I should have been here! When your order came I had not received an ounce of coal. I feel I should not be doing my duty did I not call — the attention of the department to an officer who has performed all his various duties with so much zeal and fidelity. Very respectfully, etc., D. G. Farragut. Extract from the report of Captain Drayton; commanding United States flag-ship Hartford: To Lieutenant-Commander Kimberly, the executive officer, I am indebted,