Rank and organization: Ordinary Seaman, U.S. Navy. (Real name is William
Smith. ) Born: 1840, Plaistow, N.H. Accredited to: New Hampshire. G.O.
No.: 45, 31 December 1864.
Citation: George served on board U.S. Picket
Boat No. 1, in action 27 October 1864, against the Confederate ram, Albemarle,
which had resisted repeated attacks by our steamers and had kept a large
force of vessels employed in watching her. The picket boat, equipped with
a spar torpedo, succeeded in passing the enemy pickets within 20 yards
without being discovered and then made for the Albemarle under a full head
of steam. Immediately taken under fire by the ram, the small boat plunged
on, jumped the log boom which encircled the target and exploded its torpedo
under the port bow of the ram. The picket boat was destroyed by enemy fire
and almost the entire crew taken prisoner or lost.
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)