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[90] W. J. Pendleton, acting aide-de-camp, who accompanied the troops, proved himself to be an officer of very remarkable ability, energy and devotion. Captain Stoy, assistant quartermaster, is also deserving of high commendation. Maj. J. B. Eustis, acting ordnance officer on my staff, assisted by Lieut. M. Hughes, of the artillery, performed admirably his difficult and important duties in the preparation for the attack. The former by my order remained in charge of his depot at Virginia point, while the latter discharged gallantly his duties on the field. I likewise take pleasure in recognizing the efficient and gallant service of Maj. O. M. Watkins, in charge of conscript business, on my staff; of Col. C. G. Forshey, of the engineer corps; of Capt. H. Pendleton, assistant quartermaster, who accompanied me to the front, and of Maj. E. B. Pendleton, chief commissary on my staff, who discharged his important duties with gallant ability. Lieutenants Stringfellow, Jones and Hill, of the artillery, behaved with remarkable gallantry during the engagement, each of them volunteering to take charge of guns and personally directing the fire, after the officers originally in charge of them had been wounded.

It would be improper to close this report without directing the particular attention of the government to invaluable services rendered by Maj. B. Bloomfield, quartermaster on my staff, and by Capt. E. C. Wharton, assistant quartermaster at Houston. The officers, by their intelligence, energy and activity, proved themselves fully adequate to all the demands made upon them in the preparation of the means appropriate to their department, and contributed materially to the successful result of the expedition. Nor should I here omit to mention Capt. W. S. Good, in command of ordnance. I commend him specially to the chief of ordnance and to the consideration of his excellency, the President. Besides the names mentioned above I would call attention to the names of the officers and men reported by their respective commanding officers to have distinguished themselves by gallant and meritorious services.

As it would have been imprudent to give full warning to the inhabitants of Galveston of my intention to attack the Federal fleet, lest information of the design might reach the enemy, as soon as the head of the column entered the suburbs of the town I directed the ambulance,


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