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Thomas W. Hamilton
Born 1833
Died April 7, 1869
Place of birth Scotland
Buried at Body buried at Sea
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch Navy
Rank Quartermaster
Awards Medal of Honor
Other work Merchant Marine

Thomas W. Hamilton (1833-1869) was born in 1833 in Scotland, but later moved to Weymouth, Massachusetts.[1] Hamilton fought in the American Civil War for the Union, and was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions while quartermaster aboard the USS Cincinnati.[2] During the attack on the Vicksburg batteries, May 27, 1863, Hamilton, though severely wounded, returned to his post and had to be sent below.[3]

After serving in the military, Hamilton served in the merchant marine. On April 7, 1869, he died of consumption while serving aboard a merchant vessel in the Atlantic Ocean, and was buried at sea.[4]

  1. "Valor awards for Thomas W. Hamilton". http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=3036. 
  2. Personnel, United States Bureau of Naval (1910) (in en). Medal of Honor. https://books.google.com/books?id=sdgxAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA47#v=onepage&q=thomas%20w%20hamilton&f=false. 
  3. History, U.S. Army Center of Military. "Medal of Honor Recipients - Civil War (G-L)". http://www.history.army.mil/moh/civilwar_gl.html#GRAHAMR. 
  4. "Thomas W. Hamilton (1833 - 1869) - Find A Grave Memorial". https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=10212721. 

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