On the 6th the command of the squadron was turned over to Rear-Admiral Dahlgren
On the 7th he ‘received a note from General Gillmore
, who asked to postpone one day. Agreed on.’
In taking leave of Rear-Admiral Dupont
, the writer is impelled to give a sketch of him, perhaps such as is in the memory of every officer who was personally acquainted with him or served near him. Professionally, he was thoroughly able; he possessed undaunted courage, energy, and zeal; his education was of a high order, and his character might well serve as a model in every respect.
He had the rare ability to make the best use of the personnel and the material under his control, and to maintain over no less than forty harbors, inlets, and channel-ways, as rigorous a blockade as it was in the power of man to accomplish with the vessels which were at his disposal.
In appearance he was distinguished, over six feet in height, admirably proportioned, graceful and urbane, with an intelligent expression and action.
It will not be considered adulatory to those who knew him to say that no officer in our navy within the past half century was gifted with a more distinguished appearance or exalted character.
On July 15th the Secretary of the Navy
wrote to RearAd-miral Dupont
, after the close of his official duties, as follows: ‘Elsewhere, and in public official communications, I have expressed my high appreciation of your services and of the ability you have exhibited.’