Rank and organization: Master-at-Arms, U.S. Navy. Born: 1835, Pennsylvania.
Accredited to: Pennsylvania. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864.
Served on board the U.S.S. Shokokon at New Topsail Inlet off Wilmington,
N.C., 22 August 1863. Participating in a strategic plan to destroy an enemy
schooner, Clifford aided in the portage of a dinghy across the narrow neck
of land separating the sea from the sound. Launching the boat in the sound,
the crew approached the enemy from the rear and Clifford gallantly crept
into the rebel camp and counted the men who outnumbered his party 3 to
1. Returning to his men, he ordered a charge in which the enemy was routed,
leaving behind a schooner and a quantity of supplies.
This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)