Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Marine Corps. Born: 1841, England.
Accredited to: Pennsylvania. G.O. No.: 59, 22 June 1865.
Citation: On board
the U.S.S. Minnesota in the assault on Fort Fisher, 15 January 1865. Landing
on the beach with the assaulting party from his ship, Private Thompson
advanced partly through a breach in the palisades and nearer to the fort
than any man from his ship despite enemy fire which killed or wounded many
officers and men. When more than two_thirds of the men became seized with
panic and retreated on the run, he remained with the party until dark,
when it came safely away, bringing its wounded, its arms and its colors.
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)