Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps. Born: 1835, Dublin,
Ireland. Accredited to: New York. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864.
On board the U.S.S. Oneida during action against rebel forts and gunboats
and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Despite damage
to his ship and the loss of several men on board as enemy fire raked her
decks and penetrated her boilers, Sgt. Roantree performed his duties with
skill and courage throughout the furious battle which resulted in the surrender
of the 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)