Rank and organization: Ordinary Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1828, Dover,
N.H. Accredited to: New Hampshire. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864.
On board the flagship U.S.S. Hartford during action against rebel gunboats,
the ram Tennessee, and Fort Morgan in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Wounded
and taken below to the surgeon when a shell burst between the two forward
9_inch guns, killing and wounding 15 men, Melville promptly returned to
his gun on the deck and, although scarcely able to stand, refused to go
below and continued to man his post throughout the remainder of the action
resulting in the capture of the rebel ram Tennessee.
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)