Rank and organization: Coxswain, U.S. Navy. Born: 1836, Utica N.Y. Accredited
to: New York. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864.
Citation: 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, Simkins
performed his duties 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 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)