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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 35: operations of the North Atlantic Squadron, 1863. (search)
handed down in history, it may be some compensation to them at this late day to know that they are remembered. De Camarra, Johnson, Wells and Hicks were recommended for promotion. That the Navy performed excellent service in defending the garrison at Washington, N. C., there can be little doubt. The naval force appeared promptly on the scene of action, and was so well handled that it saved the garrison from capture; yet all this zeal, gallantry and efficiency is merely mentioned by General Spinola as follows: I cannot close this report without bearing testimony to the gallant conduct of the Navy while acting in conjunction with my command, particularly Captain Macdearmid, of the gun-boat Ceres. The conduct of the lieutenant-commanders of the gun-boats engaged was all that could have been expected of them; they manifested great bravery, coupled with a willingness to do all in their power to relieve the garrison. These are not the hearty expressions that should come from