al to the mortar vessels to cease firing, and shortly after we came to an anchor astern of them.
It gives me great pleasure to say that one and all the officers and crew of this vessel did their duty like men, and displayed commendable coolness under a heavy fire, which they were obliged to endure for some minutes before it could be returned.
My especial thanks are due to the executive officer, Lieutenant Edward Lea, who had the general superintendence of the battery; Acting-Masters Willis F. Munroe and Charles H. Hamilton, commanding the gun divisions, and Acting-Master J. A. Hannum, in charge of the powder division, which was well and rapidly served; also to Acting-Master George W. Sumner, an eleve of the Naval Academy attached to the Horace Beales, who volunteered for service, and gave me his valuable assistance in superintending the cutting of shrapnel, etc.
In conclusion, you must permit me to render the humble tribute of my admiration to the coolness, ability, and untiring