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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)
ish through you to express my thanks to Captain Haynes, of the Mount Washington, and his executive officer, Mr. Griffith, who nobly refused to leave the vessel when his crew were sent away, and who rendered the most valuable assistance during the action. Master's-Mate Birtwistle, of the Minnesota, behaved in the most gallant manner, and I respectfully recommend him to you as a most brave and efficient officer. There was much heroic conduct displayed on this occasion: A seaman, Joachim Sylvia, was instantly killed and knocked overboard by a shell from the enemy, when Samuel Woods, captain of the gun, jumped overboard to rescue the body, but, before he reached it, it sank to rise no more. This gallant seaman then swam back to the vessel, went again to his gun, and fought it to the close of the action, in a manner that attracted the attention of every one. How many noble acts of this kind occur in war without any notice being taken of them! The smaller glories are swallow