Rank and organization: Landsman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1845, New York, N.Y.
Accredited to: New York. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864.
served on board U.S. Picket Boat No. 1 in action, 27 October 1864, against
the Confederate Ram, Albemarle, which had resisted repeated attacks by
our steamers and had kept a large force of vessels employed in watching
her. The picket boat, equipped with a spar torpedo, succeeded in passing
the enemy pickets within 20 yards without being discovered and them made
for the Albemarle under a full head of steam. Immediately taken under fire
by the ram, the small boat plunged on, jumped the log boom which encircled
the target and exploded its torpedo under the port bow of the ram. The
picket boat was destroyed by enemy fire and almost the entire crew taken
prisoner or lost.
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)