Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1838, North Carolina.
Accredited to: North Carolina. G.O. No.: 32, 16 April 1864.
Yazoo City, Miss., 5 March 1864. Embarking from the Marmora with a 12_pound
howitzer mounted on a field carriage, Stoddard landed with the gun and
crew in the midst of heated battle and, bravely standing by his gun despite
enemy rifle fire which cut the gun carriage and rammer, contributed to
the turning back of the enemy during the fierce engagement.
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)