Rank and organization: Major, 4th Kentucky Cavalry.
Place and date:
Near Wetumpka, Ala., 13 April 1865.
Entered service at: Kentucky.
Date of issue: 9 April 1898.
Citation: This officer, with a small
detachment, while en route to destroy steamboats loaded with supplies for
the enemy, was stopped by an unfordable river, but with 5 of his men swam
the river, captured 2 leaky canoes, and ferried his men across. He then
encountered and defeated the enemy, and on reaching Wetumpka found the
steamers anchored in midstream. By a ruse obtained possession of a boat,
with which he reached the steamers and demanded and received their surrender.
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)