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CMOHS.org - Boatswain's Mate PHINNEY, WILLIAM, U.S. Navy

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PHINNEY, WILLIAM

Rank: Boatswain's Mate
Organization: U.S. Navy
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Born: 1824, Norway
Departed: Yes
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G.O. Number: 45
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Accredited To: New York
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PHINNEY, WILLIAM Photo
 
Citation

On board the U.S.S. Lackawanna during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the ram, Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Serving as a gun captain Phinney showed much presence of mind in managing the gun, and gave much needed encouragement to the crew during the engagement which resulted in the capture of the prize rebel ram Tennessee and in the damaging and destruction of Fort Morgan.