Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy.
Entered service at: New York.
Birth: Scotland. G.O. No.: 17, 10 July 1863.
Citation: Served on board
the U.S.S. Mississippi during her abandonment and firing in the engagement
at Port Hudson, 14 March 1863. Remaining under enemy fire for 21/2 hours,
Brinn remained on board the grounded vessel until all the abandoning crew
had landed. After asking to be assigned some duty, he was finally ordered
to save himself and to leave the Mississippi which had been deliberately
fired to prevent her falling into rebel hands.
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)