Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1841, Ireland. Accredited
to: Massachusetts. G.O. No.: 32, 16 April 1864. Citation. Off Yazoo City,
Miss., 5 March 1864, embarking from the Marmora with a 12-pound howitzer
mounted on a field carriage, Laffey landed with the gun and crew in the
midst of heated battle and, bravely standing by his gun despite enemy rifle
fire which cut the gun carriage and rammer, contributed to the turning
back of the enemy during the fierce engagement.
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)