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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 19: battle of the forts and capture of New Orleans. (search)
to each officer's merits by specifying his particular conduct in the battle, but the result of the conflict is the best evidence of the great good behaviour of them all. I must speak of the coolness and ability displayed by Lieutenant F. A. Roe, the executive officer of this ship. His station being on the bridge next to me enabled me to witness it. My eyesight is quite defective, especially at night, and I am compelled to rely on that of others. I was, therefore, obliged to give to Lieutenant Roe the duty of directing the ship's course through the opening of the barricade, as well as the ascending of the river during the whole action. The judgment and skill shown by him in the performance of this duty cannot be surpassed. We had no pilot on board, and he performed that duty with the most remarkable ability and success. I recommend and most strongly urge upon the Navy Department the propriety and justice of promoting him to the rank of commander, as a reward for the highly impo
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 40: (search)
suggest. The most efficient vessels at the disposal of Captain Smith were the Miami, Commander Renshaw; Tacony, Lieutenant-Commander Truxtun; Sassacus, Lieutenant-Commander Roe; Mattabesett, Commander Febiger, and the Wyalusing, Lieutenant-Commander Queen. Captain Smith was well supplied with instructions by his commander-in-dred yards distant. She made for the ram, and struck her fairly With a speed of five or six knots, according to Captain Smith, or ten knots, according to Lieutenant-Commander Roe. The ram was struck just abaft her starboard-beam, causing her to heel over, and placing her after-deck under water; so much so, that Lieutenant-CommaLieutenant-Commander Roe thought she was sinking. At the same instant the Albemarle fired a 100-pounder rifleshot through and through the Sassacus, from starboard to port on the berth-deck. The collision was heavy, and the engine of the Sassacus was kept going in the attempt to force her bow deeper and deeper into the ram, so that some of the o