Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1843, Upster, N.Y. Accredited
to: New York. G.O. No.: 59, 22 June 1865.
Citation: On board the U.S.S.
Minnesota, in action during the assault on Fort Fisher, 15 January 1865.
Landing on the beach with the assaulting party from his ship, Mills charged
up to the palisades and, when more than two_thirds of the men became seized
with panic and retreated on the run, risked his life to remain with a wounded
officer. With the enemy concentrating his fire on the group, he waited
until after dark before assisting the wounded man from the field.
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)