Rank and organization: Quartermaster, U.S. Navy. Born: 1837, New York,
N.Y. Accredited to: New York. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864.
On board the U.S.S. Brooklyn during successful attacks against Fort Morgan,
rebel gunboats and the ram Tennessee, in Mobile Bay, on 5 August 1864.
Despite severe damage to his ship and the loss of several men on board
as enemy fire raked her decks from stem to stern, Nichols fought his gun
with skill and courage throughout the furious battle which resulted in
the surrender of the prize rebel ram Tennessee, and in the damaging and
destruction of batteries at Fort Morgan.
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)