Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1842, Sweden. Accredited
to: Massachusetts. G.O. No.: 59, 22 June 1865.
Citation: On board the U.S.S.
Santiago de Cuba during the assault on Fort Fisher on 15 January 1865.
As one of a boat crew detailed to one of the generals on shore, Swanson
bravely entered the fort in the assault and accompanied his party in carrying
dispatches at the height of the battle. He was 1 of 6 men who entered the
fort in the assault from the fleet.
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)