Rank and organization: Coal Heaver, U.S. Navy. Born. 1840, Poughkeepsie,
N.Y. Accredited to: New York. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 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
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)