Rear Admiral Porter, still commanding out on western waters, was impressed with William Cushing's expedition and later wrote: "There was not a more daring adventure than this in the whole course of the war. There were ninety-nine chances in a hundred that Cushing and his party would be killed or captured, but throughout all his daring scheme there seemed to be a method, and, though criticized as rash and ill-judged, Cushing returned unscathed from his frequent expeditions, with much important information.
"In this instance it was a great source of satisfaction to the blockading vessels to learn that the 'Raleigh' was destroyed, and that the other iron-clad was not considered fit to cross the bar."
In other words, the Wilmington ironclads were no longer considered a threat. Porter would later command William Cushing in his attacks on Fort Fisher.