Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps. Born: 1844, Goshen,
N.J. Accredited to: New Jersey. G.O. No.: 59, 22 June 1865.
corporal of the guard on board the U.S.S. Wabash during the assault on
Fort Fisher, on 15 January 1865. As 1 of 200 marines assembled to hold
a line of entrenchments in the rear of the fort which the enemy threatened
to attack in force following a retreat in panic by more than two_thirds
of the assaulting ground forces, Cpl. Tomlin took position in line and
remained until morning when relief troops arrived from the fort. When one
of his comrades was struck down by enemy fire, he unhesitatingly advanced
under a withering fire of musketry into an open plain close to the fort
and assisted the wounded man to a place of safety.
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)