Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps. Born: 1841, Cattaraugus
County, N.Y. Accredited to: New York. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864.
On board the U.S.S. Brooklyn during action against rebel forts and gunboats
and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Despite severe
damage to his ship and the loss of several men on board as enemy fire raked
the deck, Cpl. Oviatt fought his gun with skill and courage throughout
the furious 2_hour battle which resulted in the surrender of the rebel
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)