Sir: It is made my agreeable duty to enclose herewith the joint resolution approved 24th January, 1865, tendering the thanks of Congress to yourself, the officers and men under your command, for their gallantry and good conduct in the capture of Fort Fisher, and through you to all who participated in that brilliant and decisive victory under your command. Very respectfully,
Rear-Admiral David D. Porter, ABRAHAM LINCOLN.
Commanding North Atlantic Squadron,
Hampton Roads, Virginia.