Rank and organization: Second Class Fireman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1837,
Richmond, Va. Accredited to: Virginia. G.O. No.: 17, 10 July 1863.
Served on board the U.S.S. Richmond in the attack on Port Hudson, 14 March
1863. Damaged by a 6-inch solid rifle shot which shattered the starboard
safety-valve chamber and also damaged the port safety-valve, the fireroom
of the U.S.S. Richmond immediately became filled with steam to place it
in an extremely critical condition. Acting courageously in this crisis,
Hickman persisted in penetrating the steam-filled room in order to haul
the hot fires of the furnaces and continued this action until the gravity
of the situation had been lessened.
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)