Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1815, Spain. Accredited
to: New York. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864.
Citation: As captain of a
100_pounder rifle gun on topgallant forecastle on board the U.S.S. Richmond
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, Sharp fought his gun
with skill and courage throughout a furious 2_hour battle which resulted
in the surrender of the rebel ram Tennessee and in the damaging and destruction
of the 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)