JUNE 23RD, 1865: Lt.-Cmdr. Cushing received orders to report to the USS Lancaster, flagship of Rear Admiral George F. Pearson, commanding the Pacific Squadron.
Shortly after reporting on board the ship at San Francisco, the people of that city extended to Cushing the freedom of the city in recognition of his courageous and heroic war record.
On five separate occasions he led daring raids and each time was successful in destroying a Confederate ship. The most famous of these was conducted 27 October 1864, when he sank the CSS Albemarle with a spar torpedo.
He also led one of the assaulting columns of sailors and Marines against the Northeast Bastion of Fort fisher on January 15, 1865.
A True Hero. --Old B-R'er