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CMOHS.org - Coxswain READ, CHARLES A., U.S. Navy

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READ, CHARLES A.

Rank: Coxswain
Organization: U.S. Navy
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Born: 1837, Sweden
Departed: Yes
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G.O. Number: 45
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Accredited To: Ohio
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READ, CHARLES A. Photo
 
Citation

Served as coxswain on board the U.S.S. Kearsarge when she destroyed the Alabama off Cherbourg, France, 19 June 1864. Acting as the first sponger of the pivot gun during this bitter engagement, Read exhibited marked coolness and good conduct and was highly recommended for his gallantry under fire by his divisional officer.