Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1838, Rhode Island.
Accredited to: Rhode Island. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864
as seaman on board the U.S.S. Kearsarge when she destroyed the Alabama
off Cherbourg, France, 19 June 1864. Acting as the first loader of the
No. 2 gun during this bitter engagement, Read exhibited marked coolness
and good conduct and was highly recommended for his gallantry under fire
by his divisional officer.
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)