is officers and crews, for the gallantry, energy and ability displayed by them in the operations of yesterday, resulting in the capture of one of the enemy's batteries of five guns, on the west side of the Nansemond, and a number of prisoners.
All did their duty most handsomely.
Very respectfully, etc., George W. Getty, Brigadier-General, U. S. Volunteers. Rear-Admiral Lee.
Also the following letters:
U. S. Gun-Boat Stepping Stones, Sleepy Hole Landing, Nansemond River, April 21st, 1863. Admiral:
I have again to express my obligation to Lieutenant R. H. Lamson, commanding gun-boats in upper Nansemond, for the admirable disposition of gunboats during the withdrawal of the troops, etc., last night, from Hill's Point, and for the efficient aid rendered by him, his officers and crews in effecting the withdrawal, which was successfully accomplished, the last man having recrossed the river at 12 o'clock.
All was accomplished without confusion or accident.