By virtue of the authority contained in the 6th section of the act of 21 April, 1864, which enacts ``that any officer in the Naval service, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, may be advanced not exceeding thirty numbers in his own grade, for distinguished conduct in battle or extraordinary heroism,''
I recommend that Commander Wm. H. Macomb, U.S. Navy, for advancement in his grade ten numbers, to take rank next after Commander Wm. Ronckendorff, for distinguished conduct in the capture of the town of Plymouth, N.C., with its batteries, ordnance stores, &c., on the 31 October, 1864, by a portion of the naval division under his command. The affair was executed in a most creditable manner. ABRAHAM LINCOLN.
Washington City, 5 December, 1864.