its share of men-o‘--war's men, Lieutenant-Commander Leonard Paulding having had the first choice of a full crew, and having secured all the frigate Sabine's reinlisted men who had been sent West.
During the spring and summer of 1861, Commander John Rodgers purchased, and
Wharf-boat at Cairo.
From a war-time photograph. he, with Commander Roger N. Stembel, Lieutenant S. L. Phelps, and Mr. Eads, altered, equipped, and manned, for immediate service on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, 3 woodus of doing good.
He was not a man of striking personal appearance, but there was a sailor-like heartiness and frankness about him that made his company very desirable.
Flag-Officer Foote arrived at Cairo September 12th, and relieved Commander John Rodgers of the command of the station.
The first operations of the Western flotilla consisted chiefly of reconnoissances on the Mississippi, Ohio, Cumberland, and Tennessee rivers.
At this time it was under the control of the War Department, an