Rank and organization: Boatswain's Mate, U.S. Navy. Born: 1836, Ireland.
Accredited to: Maryland. G.O. No.: 11, 3 April 1863.
as boatswain's mate on board the U.S.S. Benton during the Yazoo River Expedition,
23 to 27 December 1863. Taking part in the hour_and_a_half engagement with
the enemy at Drumgould's Bluff, 27 December, Morton served courageously
throughout the battle against the hostile forces, who had the dead range
of the vessel and were punishing her with heavy fire, until the Benton
was ordered to withdraw.
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)