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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)
you had already established for valor in the face of the enemy. The energy and ability displayed by yourself and the officers and men under your command in defence of the lower Nansemond are most creditable, and are appreciated by the Department. The Department desires to express to you more especially its admiration of your gallantry and enterprise, in conducting an important armed reconnaissance with a party from the gun-boats, some miles into the enemy's country to the village of Chuckatuck, and putting to flight a party of the enemy's cavalry, and safely returning to your vessel. Accept my congratulations for yourself and the officers and men who were under your command. Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy. Lieutenant W. B. Cushing, Commanding Steamer Commodore Barney. These were very complimentary words, and should have made these officers proud of the distinction that had been shown them — distinctions superior even to those received by officers who had commanded
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 39: Miscellaneous operations, land and sea.--operations in the Nansemond, Cape Fear, Pamunky, Chucka Tuck and James Rivers.--destruction of blockade-runners.--adventures of Lieutenant Cushing, etc. (search)
completeness and discipline of U. S. Navy, 1863. position and strength of opposing forces. combined Army and Navy expedition up James and Nansemond Rivers. destruction of blockade-runners Bendigo, ranger, Venus and dare. capture and destruction of U. S. Steamer Underwriter. destruction of blockade-runners wild Dayrell, Nutfield, Dee, Emily, and Fannie and Jennie. boat expedition up Cape Fear River to Smithville. joint Army and Navy expedition up Pamunky River. boat expedition up Chuckatuck Creek. attack on Minnesota by torpedo-boat. Landing of Army at City Point and Bermuda hundred. destruction of U. S. Gun-boat Commodore Jones. Confederate torpedo defences. Monitors engage Howlett's battery. picking up torpedoes. repulse of attack on Wilson's wharf by gun-boats. Confederate iron-clads and gun-boats below Drury's Bluff. sinking of obstructions in James River. letter from General Butler to Acting-Rear-Admiral Lee. Grant's operations. hulks sunk at Trent's reach. att