of the rebel batteries at Island No 10 which resulted in such advantages to our arms.
In every instance Capt. Walke has proven himself worthy of the confidance bestowed upon him and I hope will receive the reward of his merit.
I am sir, very respectfully
your obt. svt.
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ALS, DNA, RG 45, Miscellaneous Letters Received. O. R. (Navy), I, xxiii, 269. Born in 1802 in Glastonbury, Conn., educated at Norwich University, and trained in law, Gideon Welles was an active Democrat during the administrations of Presidents Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren; but opposition to slavery later led him to join the fledgling Republican Party. After running unsuccessfully for governor of Conn. in 1856, he served as a member of the Republican National Committee and chairman of the Conn. delegation to the Chicago convention which nominated Abraham Lincoln for President. Searching for a New Englander and ex-Democrat for inclusion in his cabinet, Lincoln selected Welles as secretary of the navy.
On Dec. 1, 1862, Lincoln nominated Henry Walke for promotion to capt. The nomination was confirmed on Feb. 21, 1863. Senate Executive Journal, XIII, 2, 159.
Corinth Mississippi July 29th 
MAJOR GENERAL H. W. HALLECK
WASHINGTON D C
Information just in from Col Sheridan who attacked & drove six hundred Rebels from Ripley 1 this morning says large force leaving Saltilla 2 for Chattanooga by Rail, Wagons moved across the country. Genl. Cheatham ( ?) 3 with division had gone west; Withers 4 to follow with Division. The Hatchee north-west of Bolivar is now occupied by Rebels. McClernand is there with about six thousand men 5
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