Rank and organization: Ordinary Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1837, Massachusetts.
Accredited to: Massachusetts. G.O. No.: 59, 22 June 1865.
on board the U.S.S. Rhode Island which was engaged in saving the lives
of the officers and crew of the Monitor, 30 December 1862. Participating
in the hazardous rescue of the officers and crew of the sinking Monitor,
Griswold, after rescuing several of the men, became separated in a heavy
gale with other members of the cutter that had set out from the Rhode Island,
and spent many hours in the small boat at the mercy of the weather and
high seas until finally picked up by a schooner 50 miles east of Cape Hatteras.
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)