Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy. Biography not available. G.O.
No.: 17, 10 July 1863.
Citation: Served on board the U.S.S. Cincinnati
during the attack on the Vicksburg batteries and at the time of her sinking,
27 May 1863. Engaging the enemy in a fierce battle, the Cincinnati, amidst
an incessant fire of shot and shell, continued to fire her guns to the
last, though so penetrated by shell fire that her fate was sealed. Serving
bravely during this action, Jenkins was conspicuously cool under the fire
of the enemy, never ceasing to fight until this proud ship went down, "her
colors nailed to the mast."
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)