steering his vessel past the forts under a hurricane of shot and shell, and afterwards in maneuvering and fighting her among the gun-boats.
I cannot say too much for him. He was gallantly sustained by Lieutenant George H. Perkins and Acting Master Thomas H. Morton.
These officers have my unbounded admiration.
I must, in conclusion, express the pleasure which I experienced in witnessing the seamanlike manner in which all the ships were handled.
The reports of the divisional captains will in. Perkins.
The remarkable coolness and precision of this young officer, while aiding me in steering the vessel through the barrier and past the forts, under their long and heavy fire, must have attracted your attention.
Of volunteer Acting-master Thomas H. Morton I must speak in terms of high praise.
He fought the Parrott gun, and his daring example had a most happy effect on the crew.
I am indebted to Assistant Surgeon Edward S. Bogert, not only for his rapid and skillful attention to the