Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

To the Senate and House of Representatives [1]

To the Senate andDecember 5, 1864

House of Representatives.

In conformity to the Law of 11 July 1862. I most cordially recommend that Lieutenant Wm. B. Cushing, U.S. Navy, receive a vote of Thanks from Congress, for his important, gallant and perilous achievement in destroying the Rebel iron-clad Steamer ``Albemarle,'' on the night of the 27 October 1864, at Plymouth, N.C. The destruction of so formidable a vessel, which had resisted the continued attacks of a number of our vessels on former occasions, is an important event touching our future Naval and Military operations and would reflect honor on any Officer and redounds to the credit of this young officer and the few brave comrades who assisted in this successful and daring undertaking.

This recommendation is specially made in order to comply with the requirements of the 9th. Section of the aforesaid Act, which is in the following words, viz:---

``That any line officer of the Navy or Marine Corps may be advanced one grade, if upon recommendation of the President by name, he receives the thanks of Congress for highly distinguishedPage  135 conduct in conflict with the enemy, or, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession.'' ABRAHAM LINCOLN

Washington City,

5 December 1864.


[1]   DS, DNA RG 46, Senate 38A F2; DS, DNA RG 233, House Executive Document No. 7. A resolution of thanks was approved on December 20, 1864. Cushing was nominated lieutenant commander on January 9 and the nomination was approved by the Senate on February 6, 1865.