Rank and organization: Seaman and Gun Captain, U.S. Navy. Entered service
at: New York, N.Y.
Birth: England. G.O. No.: 11, 3 April 1863.
Served as captain of a gun on board the U.S.S. Varuna during an attack
on Forts Jackson and St. Philip and while under fire and ramming by the
rebel ship Morgan, 24 April 1862. During this action at extremely close
range while his ship was under furious fire and was twice rammed by the
rebel ship Morgan, Bourne remained steadfast at his gun and was instrumental
in inflicting damage on the enemy until the Varuna, badly damaged and forced
to beach, was finally sunk.
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)