Rank and organization: Captain of the Main Top, U.S. Navy. Born: 1827,
France. Accredited to: Massachusetts. G.O. No.: 59, 22 June 1865.
On board the U.S.S. Ticonderoga during attacks on Fort Fisher, 24 and 25
December 1864; and 13 to 15 January 1865. Despite heavy return fire by
the enemy and the explosion of the 100-pounder Parrott rifle which killed
8 men and wounded 12 more, Prance as captain of a gun, performed his duties
with skill and courage during the first 2 days of battle. As his ship again
took position on the line on the 13th, he remained steadfast as the Ticonderoga
maintained a well_placed fire upon the batteries on shore, and thereafter
as she materially lessened the power of guns on the mound which had been
turned upon our assaulting columns. During this action the flag was planted
on one of the strongest fortifications possessed by the rebels.
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)