Rank and organization: Fireman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1840, New York. Accredited
to: New York. G.O. No.: 11, 3 April 1863.
Citation: On board the U.S.S.
Calena in the attack upon Drewry's Bluff, 15 May 1862. Severely burned
while extricating a priming wire which had become bent and fixed in the
bow gun while his ship underwent terrific shelling from the enemy, Kenyon
hastily dressed his hands with cotton waste and oil and courageously returned
to his gun while enemy sharpshooters in rifle pits along the banks continued
to direct their fire at the men at the guns.
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)