Rank and organization: Quarter Gunner, U.S. Navy. Born: 1832, Philadelphia,
Pa. Accredited to: Pennsylvania. G.O. No.: 59, 22 June 1865.
Haffee served on board the U.S.S. New Ironsides during action in several
attacks on Fort Fisher, 24 and 25 December 1864; and 13, 14, and 15 January
1865. The ship steamed in and took the lead in the ironclad division close
inshore, and immediately opened its starboard battery in a barrage of well-directed
fire to cause several fires and explosions and dismount several guns during
the first 2 days of fighting. Taken under fire, as she steamed into position
on 13 January, the New Ironsides fought all day and took on ammunition
at night despite severe weather conditions. When the enemy came out of
his bombproof to defend the fort against the storming party, the ship's
battery disabled nearly every gun on the fort facing the shore before the
cease-fire orders were given by the flagship.
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)