Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1839, Bristol Mass.
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 task of rescuing the officers and crew of the sinking
Monitor, Horton, 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)