The Confederate Government has been fortunate in securing the services of as efficient and intrepid a body of seamen as can be found in any navy in the world.
No one can look a the manly and athletic blue jackets on board our national vessels without being struck by the contrast which they present to the miscellaneous rabble which formed of late years the crews of the old United States
The men in our service remind us of the class which served the old Republic in its better days, and when the navy was the just pride of every American.
With such men and officers, who were the flower of the old establishment, we have at least the nucleus of a navy which will one day be a tower of strength to the country and shed imperishable lustre upon the national banner.
It behooves Congress to give this branch of the service its fostering care, and to enable it as speedily as possible to render itself useful and glorious to the country.