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y much exposed.
It is now due that I should mention my personal staff.
To that gallant young officer, Flag Lieutenant Minor, I am much indebted for his promptness in the execution of signals, for renewing the flag-staffs when shot away — being thereby greatly exposed; for his watchfulness in keeping the Confederate flag up; his alacrity in conveying my orders to the different divisions, and for his general, cool and gallant bearing.
My aid, Acting Midshipman Rootes, of the navy, Lieutenant Forrest, of the army, who served as a volunteer aid, and my clerk, Mr. Arthur Saint Clair, Jr., are entitled to my thanks for the activity with which my orders were conveyed to the different parts of the ship.
During the hottest of the fight they were always at their posts, giving evidence of their coolness.
Having referred to the good conduct of the officers in the flag-ship, immediately under my notice, I come now to no less pleasing task when I attempt to mark my approbation of the bearin