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gut's fleet from New Orleans. On October 15 following he was relieved from command of the flotilla on arrival of Commander (afterwards admiral) Porter, who thus testifies to his services: For the second time (i. e., at Memphis) Rear-Admiral Davis won a strictly naval victory, and won it without a single mistake. . . . Take the battle, together with its results, it was one of the handsomest achievements of the war, but it did not receive that general notice which it deserved. . . . If Mr. Secretary Welles, who was liberal with his eulogistic letters to those whom he approved of, ever congratulated Rear-Admiral Davis and his officers for their brilliant success, it nowhere appears in the secretary's report for 1862. But history will eventually give the credit to the brave men who served their country faithfully at the time of her greatest need. Porter's Naval History of the Civil War, p. 173. The plan of the light-draught Mississippi gunboats, called tin-clads, from their armor