MARCH 16TH, 1865: Major General Canby requested Rear Admiral Thatcher to provide naval gunfire and transport support to the landing and movement of Federal troops against Mobile. The response again demonstrated the close coordination with ground operations which was so effective throughout the war.
Thatcher replied: "I shall be most happy and ready to give you all of the assistance in my power. Six tinclads are all the light-draft vessels at my disposal. They will be ready at any moment."