Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1819, Ireland. Accredited
to: Illinois. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864.
Citation: Served as seaman
on board the U.S.S. Signal which was attacked by field batteries and sharpshooters
and destroyed in Red River, 5 May 1864. Proceeding up the Red River, the
U.S.S. Signal engaged a large force of enemy field batteries and sharpshooters,
returning their fire until the ship was totally disabled, at which time
the white flag was raised. Although wounded, Hyland courageously went in
full view of several hundred sharpshooters and let go the anchor, and again
to slip the cable, when he was again wounded by the raking enemy fire.
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)