Rank and organization: Ordinary Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1841, Boston,
Mass. Accredited to: Massachusetts. G.O. No.: 59, 22 June 1865.
On board the U.S.S. Minnesota in action during the assault on Fort Fisher,
15 January 1865. Landing on the beach with the assaulting party from his
ship, Harcourt advanced to the top of the sandhill and partly through the
breach in the palisades despite enemy fire which killed and wounded many
officers and men. When more than two-thirds of the men become seized with
panic and retreated on the run, he remained with the party until dark when
it came safely away, bringing its wounded, its arms and its colors.
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)