"Farragut is about to attack Mobile: he has not men enough now; and there will be hot work before he gets in. As 'The Owasco' is at the [Pensacola] Navy Yard for repairs, and will be unfit for duty until October, I have offered my services for the impending fight, and asked to be transferred temporarily to some vessel that will take an active part in the engagement. I came out here to fight for the cause; and I wish now to do all in my power to advance it; and I will never go home and have it said that I lay idle at the Navy Yard while gallant men were struggling to take Mobile. Have I done right, father?"
Last letter sent home by Ensign Walter Lawrence Titcomb (1841-1864)