Rank and organization: Coxswain, U.S. Navy. Born: 1842, England. Accredited
to: New York. G.O. No.: 32, 16 April 1864.
Citation: Served on board the
U.S.S. Lehigh, Charleston Harbor, 16 November 1863, during the hazardous
task of freeing the Lehigh, which had grounded, and was under heavy enemy
fire from Fort Moultrie. Rowing the small boat which was used in the hazardous
task of transferring hawsers from the Lehigh to the Nahant. Irving twice
succeeded in making the trip, while under severe fire from the enemy, only
to find that each had been in vain when the hawsers were cut by hostile
fire and chaffing.
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)