James River Va March 7th 1865
Having been in the Navy of the United States for the past ten years, and an Actg. Ensign & Pilot for the past eight months, I most respectfully request permission to be examined for an appointment as an Acting Master & Pilot in the Navy of the United States.
I am twenty eight years of age and have had four years experience navigating the James Potomac and ther Triburraries [tributaries].
I have the honor to be Sir
very respectfully your obedient servant
Acting Ensign & Pilot
Comdg. U.S.S Cohasset
Rear Admiral David D. Porter
Commanding N.A.B. Squadron
We the undersigned Respectfully recommend the above Applicant worthy of the Position he requests.
David M. Abbott.
Act. Master & Pilot USS [Nansemond?]
Henry North Act. Master & pilot
H.H. Haynie acting & pilot