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Daniel Dickinson Stevens
Chief Quartermaster Daniel Stevens
Born (1839-12-19)December 19, 1839
Died November 7, 1916(1916-11-07) (aged 76)
Place of birth La Grange, Tennessee
Place of death Danvers, Massachusetts
Allegiance United States of America
Union
Service/branch United States Navy
Union Navy
Rank Chief Quartermaster
Unit USS Canonicus
Battles/wars

American Civil War

Awards Medal of Honor

Daniel Dickinson Stevens (December 19, 1839[1] – November 7, 1916) was a United States Navy sailor during the American Civil War who received America's highest military decoration the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Second Battle of Fort Fisher

Biography[edit | edit source]

In mid-January 1865, Stevens was serving as a quartermaster on the USS Canonicus when the ship took part in the bombardment of Fort Fisher, North Carolina. For his conduct during this action, he was awarded the Medal of Honor.

Before leaving the Navy, Stevens reached the rank of Chief Quartermaster. He died at age 76 and was buried in Walnut Grove Cemetery, Danvers, Massachusetts.[2]

Medal of Honor citation[edit | edit source]

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Rank and Organization:

Quartermaster, U.S. Navy. Born: 1840, Sagnange, Tenn. Accredited to: Massachusetts. Letter July 15, 1870, Secretary of the Navy to Hon. S. Hooper.

Citation:

On board the U.S.S. Canonicus during attacks on Fort Fisher, on January 13, 1865. As the Canonicus moved into position at 700 yards from shore, the enemy troops soon obtained her range and opened with heavy artillery fire, subjecting her to several hits and near misses until late in the afternoon when the heavier ships coming into line drove them into their bombproofs. Twice during the battle, in which his ship sustained 36 hits, the flag was shot away and gallantly replaced by Stevens.[3][4]

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Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Sources are inconsistent on Stevens' date and place of birth. His Medal of Honor citation gives 1840 in Sagnange, Tennessee, ("Civil War Medal of Honor recipients (M-Z)". Medal of Honor citations. United States Army Center of Military History. August 3, 2009. http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/civwarmz.html. Retrieved July 1, 2010. ), his government-issued grave marker gives December 19, 1839 (see here), and the book Deeds of Valor (Perrien-Keydel Company, Detroit, Michigan, 1907) gives La Grange, Tennessee (see here). This article assumes that the grave marker and the book Deeds of Valor are correct.
  2. "Daniel D. Stevens". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/memorial/8148469. Retrieved 2007-11-08. 
  3. ""Civil War Medal of Honor citations" (S-Z): Stevens, Daniel D.". AmericanCivilWar.com. http://americancivilwar.com/medal_of_honor7.html. Retrieved 2007-11-09. 
  4. "Medal of Honor website (M-Z): Stevens, Daniel D.". United States Army Center of Military History. http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/civwarmz.html. Retrieved 2007-11-09. 

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