The significant possibilities opening for the Union and the disaster awaiting for the South had resulted in the considerable part not only from Foote's indomitable drive to get ships ready and make them effective but, but also from his his bold leadership in action.
He indeed deserved Secretary of the Navy Welles' congratulations: "The labor you have performed and the services you have rendered in creating the armed flotilla of gunboats on the Western waters, and in bringing together for effective operation the force which has already earned such renown, can never be overestimated.
"The Department has observed with no ordinary solicitude the armament that has so suddenly been called into existence, and which, under your well-directed management, has been so gloriously effective."
Well-Earned Recognition for Foote. --Old B-Runner