Rank and organization: Gunner's Mate, U.S. Navy. Born: 1838, Massachusetts.
Accredited to: Massachusetts. G.O. No.: 59, 22 June 1865.
as gunner's mate on board the U.S.S. Montauk, 21 September 1864. During
the night of 21 September, when fire was discovered in the magazine lightroom
of the vessel, causing a panic and demoralizing the crew, Horton rushed
into the cabin, obtained the magazine keys, sprang into the lightroom and
began passing out combustibles, Including the box of signals in which the
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)