Rank and organization: Quartermaster, U.S. Navy. Born: 1821, Newark,
N.J. Accredited to: New Jersey. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864.
Serving as quartermaster on board the U.S.S. Lackawanna during successful
attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the rebel ram Tennessee
in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Acting as captain of a gun, Whitfield coolly
stood by his gun, holding on to the lock string and waited alongside the
rebel ram Tennessee until able to fire the shot that entered her port.
Whitfield courageously carried out his duties during the prolonged action
which resulted in the capture of the prize ram Tennessee and in the damaging
and destruction of Fort Morgan.
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)