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[430] at her presence and promise of future cooperation.

The following names are those of the officers of the Carondolet, all of whom deserve great praise for the manner in which they conducted themselves last night under the trying circumstances attending the daring exploit of that boat:

Henry Walke, U. S.N.

R. M. Wade, First Master.1

Richard H. Cutter, Second Master.

Edward C. Brenard, Third Master.

O. Donelson, Fourth Master.

Daniel Weaver, John Deming, Pilots.

Joseph S. McNeely, Surgeon.

Geo. J. W. Nixson, Paymaster.

W. H. Faulkner, Chief-Engineer.

Chas. H. Caven, First Assistant.

Samuel Brooks, Second Assistant.

A. T. Crowel, Third Assistant.

Francis Buford, Gunner.

T. S. Gillmore, Master's Mate.

J. S. Gilpson, Master's Mate.

Oliver Donelson, Carpenter.

R. J. Van Ness, Paymaster's Clerk.


the letter of thanks.

The following letter of thanks was issued from the Navy Department, addressed to Flag-Officer Foote:

Navy Department, April 12, 1862.
Sir: The Department desires to convey to the commander, Henry Walke, and the officers and men of the Carondelet, also to Acting First Master Hoel, of the Cincinnati, who volunteered for the occasion, its thanks for the gallant and successful service rendered in running the Carondelet past the rebel batteries on the night of the fourth inst. It was a daring and heroic act, well executed, and deserving of special recognition. Commendation is also to be extended to the officers and crew of the Pittsburgh, who, in like manner, on the night of the seventh inst., performed a similar service.

These fearless acts dismayed the enemy, enabled the army under General Pope to cross the Mississippi, and eventuated in the surrender to yourself of Island No.10, and finally to the capture by Gen. Pope of the fort on the Tennessee shore and the retreating rebels under Gen. Makall. I would also in this connection tender the acknowledgments which are justly due the officers and crews of the several boats, who, in conjunction with a detachment of the Forty-second Illinois regiment under Col. Roberts, captured the first rebel battery and spiked the guns on Island No.10, on the night of the first inst. Such services are duly appreciated by the Department, which extends to all who participated in the achievement.

I am, respectfully, your obedient servant,

1 Relieved by Wm. R. Hoel, First Master of U. S. gunboat Cincinnati

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