Rank and organization: Captain of the Top, U.S. Navy. Born: 1843, Tremont,
Maine. Accredited to: Maine. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864.
Served on board the U.S.S. Kearsarge when she destroyed the Alabama off
Cherbourg, France, 19 June 1864. Acting as the first loader of the pivot
gun during this bitter engagement Bickford exhibited marked coolness and
good conduct and was highly recommended for his gallantry under fire by
his divisional officer.
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)