Rank and organization: Boatswain's Mate, U.S. Navy. Born: 1817, Scotland.
Accredited to: Massachusetts. G.O. No.: 11 , 3 April 1 863.
on board the U.S.S. Baron De Kalb, Yazoo River Expedition, 23 to 27 December
1862. Proceeding under orders up the Yazoo River, the U.S.S. Baron De Kalb,
with the object of capturing or destroying the enemy's transports, came
upon the steamers John Walsh, R. J. Locklan, Golden Age, and the Scotland,
sunk on a bar where they were ordered burned. Continuing up the river,
she was fired on but, upon returning the fire, caused the enemy's retreat.
Returning down the Yazoo, she destroyed and captured large quantities of
enemy equipment and several prisoners. Serving bravely throughout this
action, McDonald, as boatswain's mate, "distinguished himself in the various
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)