THE NAVY DURING THE CIVIL WAR, 1861-1865.
President Lincoln has briefly described the work of the navy during the Civil War in most characteristic words, written on August 26, 1863, in response to an invitation to attend a mass-meeting of "unconditional Union men" to be held at Springfield, Illinois, the President's home town. Having referred to the achievements of the army at Antietam, Murfreesboro and Gettysburg, he paid his respects to its sister-service: "Nor must Uncle Sam's web-feet be forgotten. At all the watery margins they have been present. Not only on the deep sea, the broad bay, and the rapid river, but also up the narrow, muddy bayou, and wherever the ground was a little damp, they have been and made their tracks. Thanks to all."