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The Battle of Mobile Bay was an engagement that occurred on August 5, 1864 during the American Civil War. The federal fleet, commanded by Rear Adm. David G. Farragut, assisted by a contingent of soldiers, attacked a smaller Confederate fleet led by Adm. Franklin Buchanan and three forts that guarded the entrance to Mobile Bay.

The battle was marked by Farragut's seemingly rash but successful run through a minefield that had just claimed one of his ironclad monitors, enabling his fleet to get beyond the range of the shore-based guns. This was followed by a reduction of the Confederate fleet to a single vessel, ironclad CSS Tennessee. Tennessee did not then retire, but engaged the entire Northern fleet. The armor on Tennessee gave her an advantage that enabled her to inflict more injury than she received, but she could not overcome the imbalance in numbers.

She was eventually reduced to a motionless hulk, unable either to move or to reply to the guns of the Union fleet. Her captain then surrendered, ending the battle. With no Navy to support them, the three forts within days also surrendered. Complete control of the lower Mobile Bay thus passed to the Union forces.

Mobile had been the last important port on the Gulf of Mexico east of the Mississippi River remaining in Confederate possession, so its closure was the final step in completing the blockade in that region. This Union victory, together with the capture of Atlanta, was extensively covered by Union newspapers and was a significant boost for Abraham Lincoln's bid for re-election three months after the battle.

The Medal of Honor was created during the American Civil War and is the highest military decoration presented by the United States government to a member of its armed forces. Recipients must have distinguished themselves at the risk of their own life above and beyond the call of duty in action against an enemy of the United States. Because of the nature of this medal, it is commonly presented posthumously.[1]

Recipients[edit | edit source]

Aboard USS Brooklyn[edit | edit source]

USS Brooklyn between 1890 and 1901

Name Service Rank Date Comments
Blagheen, WilliamWilliam Blagheen Navy Ship's Cook August 5, 1864 On board the U.S.S. Brooklyn during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, on 5 August 1864.
Brown, JohnJohn Brown Navy Captain of the Forecastle August 5, 1864 On board the U.S.S. Brooklyn during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
Brown, William H.William H. Brown Navy E-01Landsman August 5, 1864 On board the U.S.S. Brooklyn during successful attacks against Fort Morgan rebel gunboats and the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay on 5 August 1864.
Cooper, John L. M.John L. M. Cooper Navy Coxswain Aug 5, 1864 1st award: Heroic conduct. Receieved a 2nd Medal of Honor April 26, 1865 for rescuing a wounded comrade from a fire .
Davis, Samuel W.Samuel W. Davis Navy Ordinary seaman August 5, 1864 On board the U.S.S. Brooklyn during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, on 5 August 1864
Denig, J. HenryJ. Henry Denig Marine Corps E-05Sergeant August 5, 1864 On board the U.S.S. Brooklyn during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee, in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
Dennis, RichardRichard Dennis Navy Boatswain's Mate August 5, 1864 On board the U.S.S. Brooklyn during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, on 5 August 1864.
Halstead, WilliamWilliam Halstead Navy Coxswain August 5, 1864 On board the U.S.S. Brooklyn during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee, in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
Hudson, MichaelMichael Hudson Marine Corps E-05Sergeant August 5, 1864 On board the U.S.S. Brooklyn during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864
Irlam, JosephJoseph Irlam Navy E-01Seaman August 5, 1864 Stationed at the wheel on board the U.S.S. Brooklyn during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. When heavy enemy fire struck down several men at their guns and replacements were not available, Irlam voluntarily released 2 men who were stationed with him and carried on at the wheel with the assistance of only one of the crew throughout the furious battle.
Irving, JohnJohn Irving Navy Coxswain August 5, 1864 On board the U.S.S. Brooklyn during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee, in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
Irwin, NicholasNicholas Irwin Navy E-01Seaman August 5, 1864 On board the U.S.S. Brooklyn during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee, in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Despite severe damage to his ship and the loss of several men on board as enemy fire raked her decks from stem to stern, Irwin fought his gun with skill and courage throughout the furious battle which resulted in the surrender of the prize rebel ram Tennessee and in the damaging and destruction of batteries at Fort Morgan.
Kenna, BarnettBarnett Kenna Navy Quartermaster August 5, 1864 On board the U.S.S. Brooklyn during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee, in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
Machon, JamesJames Machon Navy E-01Boy Aug 5, 1864 On board the USS Brooklyn during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, on 5 August 1864.
Mack, AlexanderAlexander Mack Navy O-03Captain of the Top Aug 5, 1864 On board the USS Brooklyn during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, on 5 August 1864.
Madden, WilliamWilliam Madden Navy Coal Heaver Aug 5, 1864 On board the USS Brooklyn during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, on 5 August 1864.
Mifflin, JamesJames Mifflin Navy Engineer's Cook Aug 5, 1864 On board the USS Brooklyn during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, on 5 August 1864.
Nichols, WilliamWilliam Nichols Navy Quartermaster Aug 5, 1864 On board the USS Brooklyn during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the ram Tennessee, in Mobile Bay, on 5 August 1864.
Oviatt, Miles M.Miles M. Oviatt Marine Corps E-04Corporal Aug 5, 1864 For actions against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay.
Price, EdwardEdward Price Navy Coxswain Aug 5, 1864 On board the USS Brooklyn during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay.
Sterling, James E.James E. Sterling Navy Coal Heaver Aug 5, 1864 On board the USS Brooklyn during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, on 5 August 1864.
Todd, SamuelSamuel Todd Navy Quartermaster Aug 5, 1864 Stationed at the conn on board the USS Brooklyn during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.

Aboard USS Hartford[edit | edit source]

Image Name Service Rank Date Comments
Brown, WilsonWilson Brown Navy E-01Landsman Aug 5, 1864 On board the flagship U.S.S. Hartford during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay on 5 August 1864.
Head of a white man with mustache and short hair wearing a dark jacket. Around the portrait is a shield-shaped frame and a depiction of an American flag. Diggins, BartholomewBartholomew Diggins Navy Ordinary seaman August 5, 1864 On board the flagship, U.S.S. Hartford, during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
Dunphy, Richard D.Richard D. Dunphy Navy Coal Heaver August 5, 1864 On board the flagship U.S.S. Hartford during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the rebel ram Tennessee, Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. With his ship under terrific enemy shellfire, Dunphy performed his duties with skill and courage throughout this fierce engagement which resulted in the capture of the rebel ram Tennessee.
Fitzpatrick, ThomasThomas Fitzpatrick Navy Coxswain August 5, 1864 As captain of the No. 1 gun on board the flagship U.S.S. Hartford, during action against rebel gunboats, the ram Tennessee and Fort Morgan in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
Freeman, MartinMartin Freeman Navy Civilian pilot August 5, 1864 As pilot of the flagship, U.S.S. Hartford, during action against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the ram Tennessee, in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
Garrison, James R.James R. Garrison Navy Coal Heaver August 5, 1864 On board the flagship, U.S.S. Hartford, during successful engagements against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, on 5 August 1864. When a shell struck his foot and severed one of his toes, Garrison remained at his station at the shell whip and, after crudely bandaging the wound, continued to perform his duties until severely wounded by another shellburst.
Head and shoulders of an older black man with short hair and a mustache, wearing a suit coat with three medals hanging from ribbons on the left breast. Lawson, JohnJohn Lawson Navy E-01Landsman Aug 5, 1864 For staying at his post despite being wounded
McFarland, John C.John C. McFarland Navy O-03Captain of the Forecastle Aug 5, 1864 For not leaving his post while under fire during successful action against Fort Morgan in Mobile Bay.
Melville, CharlesCharles Melville Navy Ordinary seaman Aug 5, 1864 On board the flagship USS Hartford during action against rebel gunboats, the ram Tennessee, and Fort Morgan in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
OConnell, ThomasThomas O'Connell Navy Coal Heaver Aug 5, 1864 On board the flagship USS Hartford, during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay on 5 August 1864.
Portrait of a white man with a mustache and thinning hair, wearing a jacket with two medals pinned to the left breast. The portrait is in a shield-shaped frame next to a sketch of an American flag. Pelham, WilliamWilliam Pelham Navy E-01Landsman Aug 5, 1864 On board the flagship USS Hartford during successful actions against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
Stanley, William A.William A. Stanley Navy Shell Man Aug 5, 1864 Shell man on No. 8 on board the USS Hartford during successful actions against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, on 5 August 1864.

Aboard USS Lackawanna[edit | edit source]

Name Service Rank Date Comments
Burns, John M.John M. Burns Navy E-01Seaman August 5, 1864 On board the U.S.S. Lackawanna during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, on 5 August 1864.
Cassidy, MichaelMichael Cassidy Navy E-01Landsman August 5, 1864 Served on board the U.S.S. Lackawanna during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the ram Tennessee, in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
Chaput, Louis G.Louis G. Chaput Navy E-01Landsman August 5, 1864 For actions aboard the U.S.S. Lackawana during the American Civil War
Dougherty, PatrickPatrick Dougherty Navy E-01Landsman August 5, 1864 As a landsman on board the U.S.S. Lackawanna, Dougherty acted gallantly without orders when the powder box at his gun was disabled under the heavy enemy fire, and maintained a supply of powder throughout the prolonged action. Dougherty also aided in the attacks on Fort Morgan and in the capture of the prize ram Tennessee.
Edwards, JohnJohn Edwards Navy Captain of the Top August 5, 1864 As second captain of a gun on board the U.S.S. Lackawanna during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, on 5 August 1864. Wounded when an enemy shell struck, Edwards refused to go below for aid and, as heavy return fire continued to strike his vessel, took the place of the first captain and carried out his duties during the prolonged action which resulted in the capture of the prize ram Tennessee and in the damaging and destruction of batteries at Fort Morgan.
Kinnaird, Samuel W.Samuel W. Kinnaird Navy E-01Landsman August 5, 1864 Served as a landsman on board the U.S.S. Lackawanna during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
McCullock, AdamAdam McCullock Navy E-01Seaman Aug 5, 1864 On board the USS Lackawanna during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, on 5 August 1864.
Phinney, WilliamWilliam Phinney Navy Boatswain's Mate Aug 5, 1864 On board the USS Lackawanna during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the ram, Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
Smith, JohnJohn Smith Navy O-03Captain of Forecastle Aug 5, 1864 On board the USS Lackawanna during the successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
Taylor, GeorgeGeorge Taylor Navy Armorer Aug 5, 1864 On board the USS Lackawanna during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, on 5 August 1864.
Ward, JamesJames Ward Navy Quarter Gunner Aug 5, 1864 Serving as gunner on board the USS Lackawanna during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
Whitfield, DanielDaniel Whitfield Navy Quartermaster Aug 5, 1864 Serving as quartermaster on board the USS Lackawanna during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the rebel ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.

Aboard USS Metacomet[edit | edit source]

Name Service Rank Date Comments
Avery, JamesJames Avery Navy E-01Seaman August 5, 1864 Braved galling enemy fire to aid the rescue of USS Tecumseh (1863) crewmen
Baker, CharlesCharles Baker Navy Quarter Gunner August 5, 1864 Braved galling enemy fire to aid the rescue of USS Tecumseh (1863) crewmen
Donnelly, JohnJohn Donnelly Navy Ordinary seaman August 5, 1864 Served on board the U.S.S. Metacomet. As a member of the boat's crew which went to the rescue of the U.S. Monitor Tecumseh when that vessel was struck by a torpedo in passing the enemy forts in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864, Donnelly braved the enemy fire which was said by the admiral to be "one of the most galling" he had ever seen and aided in rescuing from death 10 of the crew of the Tecumseh, eliciting the admiration of both friend and foe.
Harris, JohnJohn Harris Navy Captain of the Forecastle August 5, 1864 As captain of the forecastle on board the U.S.S. Metacomet, Harris was a member of the boat's crew which went to the rescue of the officers and crew of the U.S. Monitor Tecumseh, when that vessel was struck by a torpedo in passing the enemy forts in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
Johnson, HenryHenry Johnson Navy E-01Seaman August 5, 1864 As seaman on board the U.S.S. Metacomet, Johnson served as a member of the boat's crew which went to the rescue of the U.S. Monitor Tecumseh when that vessel was struck by a torpedo in passing the enemy forts in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. He braved the enemy fire which was said by the admiral to be "one of the most galling" he had ever seen, and aided in rescuing from death 10 of the crew of the Tecumseh, thereby eliciting the admiration of both friend and foe.
Murphy, PatrickPatrick Murphy Navy Boatswain's Mate Aug 5, 1864 Served as boatswain's mate on board the USS Metacomet, during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
Noble, DanielDaniel Noble Navy E-01Landsman Aug 5, 1864 As landsman on board the USS Metacomet, Noble served among the boat's crew which went to the rescue of the U.S. Monitor Tecumseh when that vessel was struck by a torpedo in passing enemy forts in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
Taylor, ThomasThomas Taylor Navy Coxswain Aug 5, 1864 Served on board the USS Metacomet during the action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the rebel ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.

Aboard USS Oneida[edit | edit source]

Head and shoulders of a man with a wide, bushy mustache wearing a dark suit coat with a pocket square. The portrait is surrounded by a circular frame and a depiction of ships at sea and an American flag.

William D. Newland

Name Service Rank Date Comments
Jones, John E.John E. Jones Navy Quartermaster August 5, 1864 Served as quartermaster on board the U.S.S. Oneida in the engagement at Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Stationed at the wheel during the fierce action, Jones, though wounded, carried out his duties gallantly by going to the poop to assist at the signals after the wheel ropes were shot away and remained there until ordered to reeve new wheel ropes.
Kendrick, ThomasThomas Kendrick Navy Coxswain August 5, 1864 Served as coxswain on board the U.S.S. Oneida in the engagement at Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
Naylor, DavidDavid Naylor Navy E-01Landsman Aug 5, 1864 For his actions while on board the USS Oneida in the engagement at Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864
Newland, William D.William D. Newland Navy Ordinary seaman Aug 5, 1864 Newland distinguished himself on board the USS Oneida for his good conduct and faithful discharge of his station, behaving splendidly under the fire of the enemy and throughout the battle which resulted in the capture of the rebel ram Tennessee and the damaging of Fort Morgan.
Preston, JohnJohn Preston Navy E-01Landsman Aug 5, 1864 Served on board the USS Oneida in the engagement at Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
Roantree, James S.James S. Roantree Marine Corps E-05Sergeant Aug 5, 1864 On board the USS Oneida during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
Sheridan, JamesJames Sheridan Navy Quartermaster Aug 5, 1864 Served as quartermaster on board the USS Oneida in the engagement at Mobile Bay 5 August 1864.
Woram, Charles B.Charles B. Woram Navy E-01Seaman Aug 5, 1864 Served on board the USS Oneida in the engagement at Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.

Aboard USS Richmond[edit | edit source]

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Cornelius Cronin

Name Service Rank Date Comments
Atkinson, Thomas E.Thomas E. Atkinson Navy Yeoman August 5, 1864 On board the U.S.S. Richmond, Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864; commended for coolness and energy in supplying the rifle ammunition, which was under his sole charge, in the action in Mobile Bay on the morning of 5 August 1864.
Brazell, JohnJohn Brazell Navy Quartermaster August 5, 1864 Served on board the U.S.S. Richmond in the action at Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864, where he was recommended for coolness and good conduct as a gun captain during that engagement which resulted in the capture of the rebel ram Tennessee and in the destruction of Fort Morgan. Brazell served gallantly throughout the actions with Forts Jackson and St. Philip, the Chalmettes, batteries below Vicksburg, and was present at the surrender of New Orleans while on board the U.S.S. Brooklyn.
Brown, RobertRobert Brown Navy Captain of the Top August 5, 1864 On board the U.S.S. Richmond in action at Mobile Bay on 5 August 1864.
Carr, William M.William M. Carr Navy Master-at-Arms August 5, 1864 On board the U.S.S. Richmond during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
Chandler, James B.James B. Chandler Navy Coxswain August 5, 1864 On board the U.S.S. Richmond during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
Cripps, ThomasThomas Cripps Navy Quartermaster August 5, 1864 As captain of a gun on board the U.S.S. Richmond during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Despite damage to his ship and the loss of several men on board as enemy fire raked her decks, Cripps fought his gun with skill and courage throughout a furious 2-hour battle which resulted in the surrender of the rebel ram Tennessee and in the damaging and destruction of batteries at Fort Morgan.
Cronin, CorneliusCornelius Cronin Navy Chief Quartermaster August 5, 1864 On board the U.S.S. Richmond in action at Mobile Bay on 5 August 1864
Deakin, CharlesCharles Deakin Navy Boatswain's Mate August 5, 1864 As captain of a gun on board the U.S.S. Richmond during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Despite damage to his ship and the loss of several men on board as enemy fire raked her decks, Deakin fought his gun with skill and courage throughout a furious 2-hour battle which resulted in the surrender of the rebel ram Tennessee and in the damaging and destruction of batteries at Fort Morgan. He also participated in the actions at Forts Jackson and St. Philip.
Densmore, WilliamWilliam Densmore Navy Chief Boatswain's Mate August 5, 1864 As captain of a gun on board the U.S.S. Richmond during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Despite damage to his ship and the loss of several men on board as enemy fire raked her decks, Densmore fought his gun with skill and courage throughout a furious 2-hour battle which resulted in the surrender of the rebel ram Tennessee and in the damaging and destruction of batteries at Fort Morgan.
Doolen, WilliamWilliam Doolen Navy Coal Heaver August 5, 1864 On board the U.S.S. Richmond during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864
Duncan, AdamAdam Duncan Navy Boatswain's Mate August 5, 1864 As captain of a gun on board the U.S.S. Richmond during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Despite damage to his ship and the loss of several men on board as enemy fire raked her decks, Duncan fought his gun with skill and courage throughout the prolonged battle which resulted in the surrender of the rebel ram Tennessee and in the successful attacks carried out on Fort Morgan.
Hamilton, HughHugh Hamilton Navy Coxswain August 5, 1864 On board the U.S.S. Richmond during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
Hayes, ThomasThomas Hayes Navy Coxswain August 5, 1864 As Captain of No. 1 gun on board the U.S.S. Richmond during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Cool and courageous at his station throughout the prolonged action, Hayes maintained fire from his gun on Fort Morgan and on ships of the Confederacy despite extremely heavy return fire.
James, John H.John H. James Navy Captain of the Top August 5, 1864 As captain of a gun on board the U.S.S. Richmond during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
Jones, WilliamWilliam Jones Navy Captain of the Top August 5, 1864 As captain of a gun on board the U.S.S. Rlchmond during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
Martin, II, JamesJames Martin, II Marine Corps E-05Sergeant Aug 5, 1864 Despite damage to his ship and the loss of several men on board as enemy fire raked her decks, Sgt. Martin fought his gun with skill and courage throughout the furious 2 hour battle which resulted in the surrender of the rebel ram Tennessee and in the damaging and destruction of batteries at Fort Morgan.
McIntosh, JamesJames McIntosh Navy O-03Captain of the Top Aug 5, 1864 On board the USS Richmond during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
Miller, AndrewAndrew Miller Marine Corps E-05Sergeant Aug 5, 1864 Served board the USS Richmond during Battle of Fort Morgan.
Morgan, James H.James H. Morgan Navy O-03Captain of the Top Aug 5, 1864 As captain of a gun on board the USS Richmond during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
Parks, GeorgeGeorge Parks Navy O-03Captain of the Forecastle Aug 5, 1864 On board the USS Richmond during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
Sharp, HendrickHendrick Sharp Navy E-01Seaman Aug 5, 1864 As captain of a 100_pounder rifle gun on topgallant forecastle on board the USS Richmond during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
Simkins, LebbeusLebbeus Simkins Navy Coxswain Aug 5, 1864 On board the USS Richmond during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
Smith, JamesJames Smith Navy O-03Captain of the Forecastle Aug 5, 1864 As captain of a gun on board the U.S.S: Richmond during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee, in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
Smith, JohnJohn Smith Navy Second Captain of the Top Aug 5, 1864 As captain of a gun on board the USS Richmond during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
Smith, OloffOloff Smith Navy Coxswain Aug 5, 1864 On board the USS Richmond during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864
Smith, Walter B.Walter B. Smith Navy Ordinary seaman Aug 5, 1864 On board the USS Richmond during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
Sprowle, DavidDavid Sprowle Marine Corps Orderly Sergeant Aug 5, 1864 On board the USS Richmond during action against rebel forts and gunboats, and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
Truett, Alexander H.Alexander H. Truett Navy Coxswain Aug 5, 1864 On board the USS Richmond during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
Wells, WilliamWilliam Wells Navy Quartermaster Aug 5, 1864 As landsman and lookout on board the USS Richmond during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.

Aboard Other ships[edit | edit source]

Name Service Rank Location Date Comments
Gardner, WilliamWilliam Gardner Navy E-01Seaman Aboard the USS Galena August 5, 1864 As seaman on board the U.S.S. Galena in the engagement at Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Serving gallantly during this fierce battle which resulted in the capture of the rebel ram Tennessee and the damaging of Fort Morgan. Gardner behaved with conspicuous coolness under the fire of the enemy.
Jones, AndrewAndrew Jones Navy Chief Boatswain's Mate Aboard the USS Chickasaw August 5, 1864 Served as chief boatswain's mate on board the U.S. Ironclad, Chickasaw, Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Although his enlistment was up, Jones volunteered for the battle of Mobile Bay, going on board the Chickasaw from the Vincennes where he then carried out his duties gallantly throughout the engagement with the enemy which resulted in the capture of the rebel ram Tennessee.
Jordan, ThomasThomas Jordan Navy Quartermaster Aboard the USS Galena August 5, 1864 On board the U.S.S. Galena during the attack on enemy forts at Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
Martin, Edward S.Edward S. Martin Navy Quartermaster Aboard the USS Galena Aug 5, 1864 Securely lashed to the side of the Oneida which had suffered the loss of her steering apparatus and an explosion of her boiler from enemy fire, the Galena aided the stricken vessel past the enemy forts to safety. Despite heavy damage to his ship from raking enemy fire, Martin performed his duties with skill and courage throughout the action
Seanor, JamesJames Seanor Navy Master at Arms Aboard the USS Chickasaw Aug 5, 1864 Served as master_at_arms on board the U.S. Ironclad Chickasaw, Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
Young, Edward B.Edward B. Young Navy Coxswain Aboard the USS Galena Aug 5, 1864 For his actions during the attack on enemy forts at Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864

References[edit | edit source]

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  1. "A Brief History — The Medal of Honor". Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). Department of Defense. August 8, 2006. http://www.defenselink.mil/faq/pis/med_of_honor.html. Retrieved April 29, 2016. 
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