Rank and organization: Captain of the Forecastle, U.S. Navy. Born: 1840,
Boston, Mass. Accredited to: Massachusetts. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864.
Citation: Stationed at the wheel on board the flagship U.S.S. Hartford
during successful action against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the ram
Tennessee in Mobile Bay, on 5 August 1864. With his ship under terrific
enemy shellfire, McFarland performed his duties with skill and courage
and, when the Lackawanna ran into his ship and every man at the wheel was
in danger of being crushed, remained steadfast at his station and continued
to steer the ship.
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)