1863, their special signal acts of valor cannot be cited so as to authorize me to recommend their obtaining medals: 1. William Phinney, Boatswain's Mate, as captain of a gun, showed much presence of mind and coolness in managing it, and the great encouragement he gave the crew. 2. John Smith, Captain Forecastle, was first captain of a gun, and finding that he could not sufficiently depress his gun when alongside of the rebel iron-clad Tennessee, threw a hand holystone into one of the ports at a rebel using abusive language against the crew of the ship. 3. Samuel W. Kinnard, landsman, set an example to the crew by his presence of mind and cheerfulness, that had a beneficial effect. 4. Robert Dougherty, landsman, took the place of the powder-boy at his gun without orders when the powder boy was disabled; kept up a supply and showed much zeal in his new capacity. 5. Michael Cassidy, landsman, first sponger of a gun, displayed great coolness and exemplary behavior, eliciting the applause of his officers and of the gun's crew. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
U. S. steam-sloop Lackawanna, Mobile Bay, Aug. 9, 1864.sir: I respectfully bring to your attention the following petty officers, etc., of this ship who evinced in the battle of the fifth instant signal acts of bravery, which should justly entitle them to medals of honor: 1. George Taylor, Armorer, although wounded, went into the shell-room, and with his hands extinguished the fire from a shell exploded over it by the enemy. 2. Lewis Copat, landsman, remained at his gun after he was severely wounded, until relieved by another person, was then taken below, and after reporting to the Surgeon, returned to his station at the gun, and resumed his duties till the action was over, and was then carried below. 3. James Ward, Quarter-Gunner, being wounded and ordered below, would not go, but rendered much aid at one of the guns when the crew was disabled, and subsequently remained in the chains heaving the lead, until nearly in collision with the rebel iron-clad Tennessee. 4. Daniel Whitfield, Quartermaster, remarkable coolness as captain of a gun in holding on to the lock-string and waiting for some time whilst alongside of the rebel iron-clad Tennessee, and firing that the shot might enter her port. 5. John M. Burns, seaman, severely wounded and sent below under the Surgeon's charge, would not remain unemployed, but assisted the powder division until the action was over. 6. John Edwards, Captain Top, second captain of a gun, although wounded, would not, when ordered, go below to the Surgeon, but took the place of the first captain during the remainder of the battle. 7. Adam McCulloch, seaman, being wounded, would not leave his quarters, although ordered to do so, but remained until the action was over. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Capture of Fort Morgan: report of rear-admiral D. G. Farragut.
flag-ship Hartford, Mobile Bay, Aug. 23, 1864.sir: I have the honor to inform the Department that on the evening of the twenty-first instant, General Granger informed me that his batteries would be ready to open on Fort Morgan at daylight the next morning. I accordingly gave directions for the monitors and the vessels with suitable guns, to move up and be ready to open upon it with the army. I had previously landed four nine-inch guns and placed them in battery, under the command of Lieutenant H. B. Tyson, of the Hartford, and manned them with crews taken from the Hartford, Brooklyn, Richmond, and Lackawanna. They did good service in conjunction with the batteries of the army. At daylight on the twenty-second the bombardment began from the shore batteries, the monitors and ships inside the bay and outside, and a more magnificent fire I think has rarely been kept up for twenty-four hours. At half-past 8 P. M., the citadel took fire, and the General ordered the near batteries to redouble their fire. At six this morning an explosion took place in the Fort, and at half-past 6 the white flag was displayed on the Fort. I immediately sent Fleet-Captain Drayton to meet General Granger to arrange the terms for the surrender of the Fort. These were, that the Fort, its garrison, and all public property should be surrendered unconditionally, at two o'clock today, to the army and navy forces of the United States. These terms were agreed to by Brigadier-General Richard L. Page, formerly a commander in the navy. I shall send the garrison offlcers and men at once to New-Orleans. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
D. G. Farragut, Rear-Admiral.
Additional report of rear-admiral Farragut.
flag-ship Hartford, W. G. B. Squadron, Mobile Bay, August 25, 1864.sir: I had the honor, in my despatch No. 366, to report to the Department that Fort Morgan had surrendered on the twenty-third instant to the army and navy, though at the time that despatch was written and mailed the ceremony of surrender had not actually taken place. The correspondence preliminary to that event is herewith forwarded, (marked Nos. 1, 2, 3, and 4,) and the Department will perceive that the terms of capitulation were the same as in. the case of Fort Gaines. General Page endeavored to obtain more favorable terms, but without success.