Rank and organization: Coxswain, U.S. Navy.
Entered service at: Lansingburg,
N.Y. Born: 3 November 1842, Ireland G.O. No.: 59, 22 June 1865.
Serving as coxswain on board the U.S.S. Carondelet, Morrison was commended
for meritorious conduct in general and especially for his heroic conduct
and his inspiring example to the crew in the engagement with the rebel
ram Arkansas, Yazoo River, 15 July 1862. When the Carondelet was badly
cut up, several of her crew killed, many wounded and others almost suffocated
from the effects of escaped steam, Morrison was the leader when boarders
were called on deck, and the first to return to the guns and give the ram
a broadside as she passed. His presence of mind in time of battle or trial
is reported as always conspicuous and encouraging.
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)