Rank and organization: Quartermaster, U.S. Navy. Born: 1834, Maryland.
Accredited to: Maryland. G.O. No.: 59, 22 June 1865.
Citation: On board
the U.S.S. Ticonderoga, as quartermaster in charge of steering the ship
into action, during attacks on Fort Fisher, 13 to 15 January 1865. Hayden
steered the ship into position in the line of battle where she maintained
a well-directed fire upon the batteries to the left of the palisades during
the initial phases of the engagement. Although several of the enemy's shots
fell over and around the vessel, the Ticonderoga fought her guns gallantly
throughout 3 consecutive days of battle until the flag was planted on one
of the strongest fortifications possessed by the rebels.
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)