JULY 18TH, 1862: Secretary of Navy Welles notified Flag Officers commanding squadrons of a bill authorizing the President to appoint annually three midshipmen to the Naval Academy from the enlisted boys of the Navy.
"They must be of good moral character, able to read and write well, writing from dictation and spelling with correctness, and to perform with accuracy the various operations of the primary rules of arithmetic, viz, numeration, and the addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers."
Each Flag Officers was requested to nominate one candidate from his command "not over 18 years of age."
We Need More Officers. --Old B-Runner